IGAD peace summit on Sudan set for 2 June in Nairobi

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The proposed summit conference of the Inter-government authority for development (IGAD) on peace in Sudan has been slated for 2 June in Nairobi, Kenya.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Wednesday confirmed that authorities in Khartoum have received notice for the meeting from Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, who leads the IGAD peace initiative in Sudan.
Osman said the summit would seek to revive the endeavour of the IGAD member states for peace in Sudan.
The IGAD had already held six rounds of fruitless peace talks between the government in Khartoum and its arch-rival - the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/SPLA).
The stumbling block was the issue of the relation between religion and the state, when the SPLA insisted upon a completely secular constitution.
Khartoum proposed federal rule that allows each territory to choose the laws that suit its culture.
The IGAD initiative also calls for democratic rule in the East African nation.
During a recent visit to Sudan, Moi said it was high time that the bloody conflict came to an end.
He decided to invite his fellow IGAD leaders for a summit, which he hoped, could speed up the peace process and end the suffering of the people in the South and North of Sudan.
Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Sudan are members of IGAD, which was launched in the 1980s to foster economic and social development of their region.
The government of Nigeria recently said it was seeking the involvement of other African states in Sudan peace process.
It said South Africa, Nigeria Libya and Egypt should work with the IGAD to end the war crisis in Sudan.

16 may 2001 17:59:00

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