Monday, October 29, 2007

Struggle to salvage Darfur talks

The Sirte talks have been 'rebranded' as a consultation phase

International mediators are struggling to save talks in Libya aimed at ending the four-year war in Darfur.

UN envoy Jan Eliasson said key rebel groups that are boycotting the talks would be given more time to prepare for negotiations with Sudan's government.

Mediators will now travel to Darfur to consult with the main rebel groups before actual peace negotiations are held at an unspecified date.

Some 200,000 people have died and two million have been displaced in the war.

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