Sudan

Sudanese government: Ready to negotiate with Darfur rebels

KHARTOUM, Jun 12, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Sudanese government reiterated on Thursday its readiness to resume peace negotiations with Darfur rebel groups at any time and any place.

"The government is ready to talks with the rebel factions at any time and any place, but the problem is how to bring the rebel factions together to one place," a spokesman of the Sudanese Foreign Ministry told reporters.

The spokesman said that the rebel factions had different positions on the location of next round of the peace negotiations.

The spokesman noted that an international conference on the Darfur issue, which is to be held in the Libyan capital Tripoli on July 15-16, would determine the place and time of the peace talks.

The Tripoli conference, which is to be co-chaired by the United Nations and the African Union, will be attended by Sudanese government officials, rebel leaders and representatives from the five permanent member states of the UN Security Council and other countries.

The Sudanese government signed a peace deal with one of the main rebel groups in Darfur in May last year while the other rebel groups refused to sign the peace agreement on the pretext that the deal had not meet all their demands.