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Peace talks on Darfur end without reaching a deal

More than three weeks of peace talks between the Sudanese government and two rebel groups from the country’s Darfur region ended on Wednesday without agreement on any of the key points discussed, rebel and government delegates said. Both sides said they had accepted proposals by the African Union (AU) to suspend the talks and resume further negotiations in three or four weeks time. In a last ditch effort to bestow the Abuja talks with at least one instance of success, Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo pressured the Sudanese government and rebel delegates on Tuesday night to sign a humanitarian protocol negotiated in the first 10 days of talks. Full Story

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