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Khartoum blames Darfur rebels for collapse of west Sudan peace talks

Khartoum blamed the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement for the collapse of peace talks aimed at ending the war in the western Darfur region, one day after the guerrilla group said it had killed 84 government soldiers in fierce fighting. “The Sudanese government holds the outlaws fully responsible for the failure of the recent Ndjamena negotiations … for their insistence on violating the Abeche agreement,” said a statement from the foreign ministry faxed to AFP. It is therefore “fully responsible for the suffering of the people,” in the troubled Darfur region, it added. Peace talks brokered by Chad in Ndjamena between Khartoum and the SLM broke down last week, with Chadian Communications Minister Abdramane Moussa blaming the rebels for setting unacceptable terms. Full Story

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