Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 July 2009

Darfur / Rebel groups say they are ready to resume peace talks




Darfur / Rebel groups say they are ready to resume peace talks



EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, July 1, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general.



On Darfur, a number of Darfur rebel groups say they are ready to resume peace talks with the Government of Sudan.  That’s according to the Office of the Joint United Nations-African Union Chief Mediator.  According to his office, Djibril Bassolé met earlier today with the rebel leaders in Tripoli as part of his series of consultations with all the parties to the conflict.  They discussed the Doha peace talks and conditions for the rebels’ effective participation in the search for a solution to the crisis.


Bassolé’s office also reported that Doha will remain the venue for the Darfur peace process.  The Chief Mediator will soon propose a date for the resumption of the talks.


The Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) says a contingent of peacekeepers came under attack yesterday near their base in Geneina, in West Darfur.  One peacekeeper sustained a gunshot wound in the leg and is in a stable condition now.  The attackers remain unidentified.


The Mission also reports that an advance party of Ethiopian peacekeepers has arrived in Darfur by road from Ethiopia, an 1,800-kilometre trip.




United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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