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Sudan gov't, Darfur rebel group in talks for possible mid-July peace deal

06-23-2010 16:05 BJT

KUWAIT CITY, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese government and one of the Darfur rebel groups -- the Liberty and Justice Movement (LJM) are scheduled to engage in talks Wednesday in Qatar to discuss the possibility of finalizing a peace deal by mid-July.

A Doha-based Xinhua reporter said direct negotiations are expected to be held through different committees that were born after indirect talks between the two parties earlier this month.

In March, Khartoum signed a framework and ceasefire agreement with the LJM, a newly-integrated grouping for several minor rebels. Following peace talks in Doha ran bumpy as participants were reluctant to make concessions.

On June 7, Sudan and the LJM held one-day talks, which was the fresh round of negotiations after the April Sudanese presidential elections. But the key guerrilla in Darfur, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), scrapped the meditators' invitations to join the occasion.

Six committees were formed during the June 7 talks to address specific concerns on the road toward a peace deal, with power- sharing remaining the top focus.

The Darfur peace process was still fragile, although remarkable headway has been made since the beginning of this year.

The JEM, singed a ceasefire with the Sudanese government in February, last month accused the government of continuing attacks on them, and "froze" further peace talks.

Another major rebel group, the hardline Sudan Liberation Army rebel, has so far shunned the Khartoum and mediator's offer to join the peace process.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said earlier this month the current round of peace negotiations in Doha would be the final talks with any armed factions in Darfur.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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