Khartoum delegation in talks with exiled opposition front

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- While peace talks continue in Abuja, Nigeria between Khartoum and Darfur rebels, a Sudanese government delegation led by Federal Administration minister Nafie Ali Nafie left Wednesday for Cairo for separate talks with the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) of Sudanese political parties based in Asmara, Eritrea.
Minister in charge of Relations with Parliament Abdul-Bassit Sabdarat, who is a member of the government delegation told the Sudanese news agency (SUNA) that the talks being moderated by the Egyptian authorities are aimed at reaching a binding, and eventually comprehensive peace agreement.
Sabdarat said Khartoum was open to the discussion of all issues.
Elsewhere, the Sudanese government began talks last Monday in Abuja, Nigeria with the Sudan Liberation Movement and Justice and Equality Movement of Darfur under the mediation of African Union chairman and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Obasanjo said Tuesday that the Sudanese government and rebels had adopted an agenda for the talks aimed at reaching a lasting solution on the conflict in Darfur.
Khartoum is under intense international pressure to rein in the Arab Janjaweed militia, widely accused of committing atrocities against Black ethnic groups in Darfur.
The UN has given Sudan until the end of August to ensure the security of the people of Darfur or face possible international sanctions.

25 august 2004 14:51:00

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