Gabonese president leaves for Abuja Saturday

Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, who has been requested to mediate in the armed conflict in Darfur, leaves Saturday for Abuja, Nigeria to attend and African Union (AU) heads of state summit.
His departure comes a day after the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), headed by Dr Khalil Ibrahim Mohamed, reiterated its appeal for Bongo Ondimba's personal involvement to break the current impasse in peace negotiations to be held in Abuja on Sunday and Monday.
The fighting in Darfur has since February 2003 killed about 70,000 people and displaced 1.
6 million others, while 250,000 have fled into Chad as refugees.
In a recent statement, Bongo Ondimba expressed sympathy with his Chadian counterpart, Idriss Deby, whose country is feeling the impact of the crisis in western Sudan.

29 january 2005 13:39:00

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