Khartoum, Darfur rebels discuss relief corridor

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A high level government delegation left here Tuesday for Chad to discuss a humanitarian corridor for war- affected civilians with the rebel Sudan Liberation Army and the Sudan Justice and Equality, fighting government forces in the Darfur.
The minister of investment, Sharif Omar Badr is heading the delegation recently formed by Sudanese President Omar el-Bechir.
Observers from the United States, France, the European Union and the African Union would attend the talks, which are being sponsored by Chadian President, Idriss Derby.
They are expected to negotiate the safe movement and distribution of humanitarian relief assistance to over 600,000 Sudanese nationals affected by armed conflict in the Darfur region.
A member of the government delegation, Kamal Obied told journalists on Tuesday that he expects the discussions to succeed in reaching resolutions, "given the willingness of both parties to talk, in addition to the local, regional and international factors available on the scene".
  "We expect success, and we look for it.
And we think the factors on the ground give us reason to think positive," Obied observed.
Both sides are also expected to reach a cessation of hostility to allow the various regional, local and international organizations take food to the needy in the areas affected by the conflict.

30 march 2004 11:38:00

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