Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The inter-Sudanese peace talks adjourned for three hours Monday in Abuja, to enable a select committee develop an agenda for the discussions, Nigerian government officials said.
The talks, being hosted by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo in his capacity as African Union (AU) chair, lasted for three hours behind closed-doors before participants agreed to adjourn for the committee comprising some AU member States, the AU Commission and the UN to hammer out a working agenda.
Meanwhile, Najib Abdul Wahab, Sudan State Minister of Foreign Affairs said the 19-member Sudanese delegation was satisfied with the direction of the talks so far, although he stressed the need for the delegation to consult with government back home on developments at the meeting.
But representatives of the two rebel groups in Darfur at the talks, complained that the focus did not address the "root cause" of the crisis in Darfur.
"We are not ready to talk just about security and development, we are ready to talk about politics," said Ahmed Togot, leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).
He said the problem in the region, where the rebels have been battling the Khartoum government for the past 19 months, was "political" and would have to be resolved politically.
"Indications so far (at the talks) are that the Sudanese government is not ready for a comprehensive solution to the problem," Togot charged.
But the JEM leader said he would wait for the agenda to decide the next line of action.
The meeting was billed to re-convene at 20h00GMT.
President Obasanjo offered to host the talks after the collapse of a previous meeting of the stakeholders in Addis Ababa last month.
Representatives of the governments of Chad, Libya, DR Congo, Uganda and Eritrea, as well as officials of the UN and the Arab League attended the opening session Monday.