Bashir renews commitment to Abuja peace talks on Darfur

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar Hassan el-Bashir has reaffirmed his government's commitment to resolving the conflict in the western region of Darfur, the subject of an African Union (AU) peace talks in the Nigerian capital, Abuja Monday.
The Khartoum government and the two main rebel groups in Darfur, the Movement for Justice and Equality (MJE) and the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM), have been invited to the talks being hosted by AU chair and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Last month, the two rebel groups walked out of AU-brokered negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
But receiving Chadian Minister for Immigration and Security Abdul Rahman Musa, who brought a message from his Chadian counterpart Idris Deby Friday, Bashir assured that the Abuja talks would be successful.
The UN Security Council has given Khartoum until the end of this month to restore peace and security to Darfur, or face possible sanctions.
Musa, who is expected to lead his country's delegation to the Abuja mediation talks, said in a press statement he had received assurances from Bashir on how to end the Darfur conflict.
"We are working to adopt a unified stance between the two countries (Sudan and Chad) and the two presidents regarding the Abuja talks," he said.
An African Union delegation, led by AU Commission chairperson Alpha Omar Konare is expected to attend the Abuja meeting.
More than 10,000 people have been reported killed and more than one million displaced by the 17-month-old conflict in Darfur.

21 august 2004 13:01:00




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