Mediator Qatar says Darfur peace process faces challenges due to divisions

14:31, May 28, 2011      

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Qatar's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmad bin Abdullah al-Mahmoud (L) and the United Nations and African Union chief joint mediator for Darfur Djibril Bassole attend the All Darfur Stakeholders Conference in Doha, capital of Qatar, May 27, 2011. The conference will be held here from May 27 to 31, 2011. (Xinhua/Maneesh Bakshi)

Mediator Qatar said Friday that divisions among concerned parties in Sudan's Darfur have hindered a peaceful solution to the conflicts in the region.

Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, Qatar's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs told a meeting on Darfur in Doha that there were "complications that posing challenges" to the mediators who have cooperated with regional and international partners to put forward the Darfur peace process.

He told the All Darfur Stakeholders Conference opened Friday that the mediators were mulling a comprehensive peace document to serve as framework for resolving the Darfur issue.

The Qatari senior diplomat said the document would cover the core issues that address the roots of the conflicts.

Representatives from the Sudanese government, the rebel groups and civil societies on Friday started the four-day conference to find a way out of the stalled Darfur peace process.

The joint mediator of the United Nations and African Union for Darfur Djibrill Bassole reiterated the need to show confidence among all parties and provide the conditions towards the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

Qatar-brokered Darfur peace talks have made remarkable headway in the first half of last year, with Khartoum signing ceasefire agreements with the Liberation and Justice Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement.

However, efforts towards a final peace deal have derailed since then after the government and rebel groups failed to agree on key issues.

The mediators later asked civil societies in Darfur to join in the peace talks in the hope that they could help make breakthrough in the stalemate.

Source: Xinhua

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