Experts meet in Doha for stalled Darfur peace process

14:37, January 19, 2010      

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Experts on Monday started a workshop in the Qatari capital of Doha for the stalled peace process in Sudan's Darfur region, the official Qatar News Agency reported.

Experts are expected to reach specific visions and recommendations for the mediation in Darfur in order to hammer out a comprehensive peace deal between the government and relevant rebel groups, the report said.

The one-day meeting groups representatives from the Arab League, the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), special envoys from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and other countries.

Fightings that erupted in 2003 between ethnic rebels and the Sudanese government forces have left around 300,000 people dead and 2.7 million others homeless, the UN estimated.

The UN Security Council in 2008 dispatched a hybrid force, the UNAMID, to the volatile region in efforts to stamp out violence and protect local residents.

As a prime mediator between the Sudanese government and rebel groups, Doha has hosted several rounds of negotiations, but little progress has been achieved in the reconciliation process as various parties were entrenched in their positions on key issues.

No timetable has been reached so far for resuming the stalled peace talks between the government and the rebel groups.

Source: Xinhua
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