Darfur peace talks to resume in Abuja mid-February

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The peace talks between the Khartoum government and the two main rebel groups in Sudan's western Darfur region will resume in the Nigerian capital, Abuja mid-February, the African Union (AU) chair and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said Monday.
   Speaking after the two-day AU mid-term summit in Abuja, Obasanjo said the meeting also agreed to his request to form a committee of Heads of State and government to advise him on the Darfur crisis.
   "I want to be on top of Darfur (situation) almost on a daily basis," the Nigerian leader stressed.
   He condemned "in the strongest term possible," the recent bombing of civilians in Darfur by the Sudanese air force, but said the rebels also bore some responsibility for the government action.
   The fourth round of the AU-mediated Darfur peace talks ended in Abuja last December without an agreement after rebels boycotted negotiations over fresh government offensive.
   The two-year crisis has uprooted some two million from their homes and killed some 70,000 people, according to UN estimates.
   President Obasanjo, however, said the overall humanitarian situation in the region, especially in the camps, "is under control.
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31 january 2005 16:15:00




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