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Sudan reaffirms commitment to provide conducive environment for Darfur talks

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Sudan reaffirmed commitment to provide a suitable atmosphere for the start of next round of talks with Darfur rebel groups, stressing keenness to make progress in the negotiations before the elections scheduled for April 2010.

Darfur mediation plans to hold peace talks between the government and rebel groups on January 24, 2010. The negotiations are expected to focus on a ceasefire agreement and a framework for the peace process.

Sudanese delegation headed by the Sudanese Presidential Adviser, Ghazi Salah Al-Deen Attabani who is in charge with Darfur dossier held Sunday a meeting in Doha with Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, Qatari Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and Djibrill Bassolé, the AU/UN Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur.

Initiated by the mediation the meeting discussed the efforts done to reunite Darfur rebels but also tackled ways to create a conducive environment before the peace talks.