Int'l conference urges Darfur armed movements to negotiate with Sudan gov't

07:55, July 06, 2010      

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An international conference on supporting peace opportunities in Darfur on Monday urged the armed movements in the region to negotiate with the Sudanese government, and expressed optimism to reach a peace agreement by July 15, 2010.

The conference, which was held in El Fasher, capital of North Darfur State on Monday, brought together the Joint Representative of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Ibrahim Gambari, international envoys to Sudan and representatives of regional and international organizations.

They affirmed the importance of enhancing the ongoing efforts to make a success the Darfur peace talks, hosted by the Qatari capital of Doha.

"The conference has stressed on the Doha forum as a mechanism for negotiations and the conferees have expressed optimism that a comprehensive peace agreement would be reached by July 15," Salah Halima, representative of the Arab League (AL), told reporters following the conference.

"This international conference stresses on the continuing coordination among all active parties which support the course of the peaceful settlement in Darfur. An urgent call has been directed to all the armed movements to head for Doha because we need a compressive agreement and not a partial one," he added.

The conference discussed the issues which are hampering the peace process in Darfur, means of boosting the peaceful process and continuation of the coordination between the Sudanese government and UNAMID to ensure delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Special Envoys of China, Russia and France, besides representatives of the European Union, the AL, and the African Union participated in the conference, while the U.S Special Envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration, and the British Envoy, Michael O'Neill were absent.

Source: Xinhua


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