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Sudan reiterates commitment to AU panel report on Darfur

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KHARTOUM, Dec 13, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sudanese Presidential Adviser Ghazi Salahuddin said Sunday Khartoum was committed to dealing with a report prepared by the African Union wise men panel led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki on the Darfur crisis.

"We have affirmed readiness of the government to deal with the report in all axes and coordinate with the AU panel currently entrusted with its implementation," Salahuddin told reporters following a meeting with a visiting delegation of the AU panel.

He added that the visit of the delegation headed by Mbeki tended to get acquainted with the Sudanese government's vision towards the implementation of the report.

He denied that Khartoum had any reservations on some items of the report, particularly regarding the establishment of hybrid courts to try persons charged with war crimes in Darfur.

"There are some initial and non-final ideas embodied in the report. We have agreed that those ideas need accurate definition together with joint consultations on how to implement them. We do not call this reservation," he said.

He added that his talks with the delegation also focused on the ongoing efforts to find a peaceful settlement to the Darfur conflict, saying "we focused on realization of peace in Darfur, particularly that we have a short timeframe ahead of the general elections when a different government would be elected."

The African wise men panel recommended in its report the formation of a hybrid court of Sudanese and foreign judges to try persons charged with war crimes in Darfur.

The AU Peace and Security Council endorsed the report in its summit in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Oct. 29 last year.

The AU delegation led by Mbeki is currently visiting Sudan to hold talks with officials of the Sudanese government and various political parties to reach consensus on the implementation of the panel's report on how to settle the Darfur issue.