Darfur rebel leader demands delay in peace talks

A Darfur rebel leader called for a postponement of planned October peace talks with Sudan's government on Thursday, demanding a "few months of total calm" in the strife-torn region before negotiations start.

Darfur rebel leader demands delay in peace talks
A Darfur rebel leader called for a postponement of planned October peace talks with Sudan's government on Thursday, demanding a "few months of total calm" in the strife-torn region before negotiations start.

Ahmed Abdel Shafie, head of a breakaway faction of the Sudan Liberation Movement, became the third senior rebel leader to raise concerns over the appropriateness of U.N. and African Union-brokered talks planned for Libya on October 27.

Abdel Shafie's faction said in a statement that continued violence in Sudan's remote west meant that "the parties to the conflict in Darfur are not yet prepared to enter into genuine political negotiations."

"The timing of the forthcoming round of peace negotiations ... needs to be reconsidered," it added.

Reuters
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