Darfur rebel factions gather for talks

Darfur rebel factions began arriving in Tanzania for U.N.-AU sponsored negotiations aimed at reconciling their differences ahead of peace talks with the Sudanese government.

Darfur rebel factions gather for talks
A three-day round of talks was due to kick off Friday in a bid to unify the positions of Darfur's fractious rebels following the landmark UN approval of a beefed up peacekeeping mission.

Darfur rebel factions began arriving in Tanzania for U.N.-AU sponsored negotiations aimed at reconciling their differences ahead of peace talks with the Sudanese government.

The talks to end the 4-year-old conflict in western Sudan have taken on a new importance since the U.N. Security Council decided on Tuesday to approve the deployment of 26,000 peacekeeping troops in Darfur.

At the African Union-United Nations sponsored talks in the Tanzanian resort town of Arusha, the rebels are due to try and work out a single negotiating position for peace talks with the government.

It should also produce a date and venue for the talks.

Darfur rebels have split into about a dozen groups. U.N. officials said only one or two rebel representatives had arrived in Arusha by Thursday and that most were not expected to arrive until Friday afternoon.

That meant no real talks would get under way until Saturday at the earliest, said the officials.


Reuters
Last Mod: 03 Ağustos 2007, 18:36
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