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African mediators press Sudan and rebel groups on Darfur refugee crisis

Sudan’s government and its rebel foes broke off from African Union-brokered peace talks in order to study a draft agreement to end the suffering of Darfur’s beleaguered civilians, delegates said. The agreement is seen by African mediators as a first step on the road to a permanent peace settlement and they hope if it is signed it will convince the international community that the Abuja talks are a serious peacemaking effort. “The AU secretariat delivered the draft to the two sides,” Sudan’s chief negotiator, Agriculture Minister Majzoub al-Kalifa told reporters. “The rebels demanded more time to discuss this draft, and so we will reconvene tomorrow at three o’clock (1400 GMT),” he explained. Rebel negotiator Ahmed Mohammed Tugod said: “We received a draft and we are going to study it. We will resume talks tomorrow.” Full Story

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