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Sudan Official Expects Peace Talk Break for Haj

Talks between the Sudanese government and southern rebels are likely to be adjourned at the end of the month because Khartoum’s top negotiator plans to go on the Muslim haj pilgrimage, an official said on Wednesday. “The Vice President (Ali Osman Mohamed Taha) intends to go on the haj. It begins at the end of the month, the specific date (of his departure) has not been finalized,” Sudan’s deputy ambassador to Kenya, Ahmed Dirdeiry, said. “If the vice president goes on the haj then the talks will be adjourned.” Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) rebels have been in talks with the Sudanese government in Kenya for more than a year in a bid to end to Africa’s longest-running civil war. “The SPLA delegation is ready to continue with the talks until we reach a final comprehensive agreement,” said SPLA spokesman Yasir Arman. “We have not been notified by (mediators) on any adjournment of the talks.” Full Story

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