Monday, November 19, 2007

Darfur update

The UN and African Union (AU) mediated Darfur peace talks have spread beyond the Libyan town of Sirte in efforts to get all key groups on board, according to a UN official.

"Although we cannot as yet set the exact time for full-blown negotiations, meetings are now ongoing in Sirte [the original venue of the talks] as well as in Darfur, Khartoum and Juba," George Ola Davies, spokesman of the UN-AU Joint Mediation Support Team, told IRIN.

Let's hope this works. I'm not so sure that expanding the talks will get the Justice and Equality Movement and Sudan Liberation Army/Movement on board. The leader of the SLA/M, Abdul Wahid, says he'll only join the talks after the peacekeeping force is deployed...

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