SIRTE - A Darfur peace conference that began here Saturday is a "new start" for
the international community to facilitate the peace process in the western
Sudanese region, a Chinese special envoy has said.
Liu Guijin, China's special envoy on the Darfur conflict, made these remarks to Chinese reporters while attending the peace talks between the Sudanese government and rebel factions. Lui said that the conference is not a failure, as it has drawn attention from the international community. Six rebel factions refused to attend the conference, saying "the Khartoum government does not have the necessary legitimacy to negotiate."