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Rebels, Sudan government ready for Darfur talks

The Sudanese government and two main rebel groups from Sudan’s western Darfur region had said on Thursday they would attend peace talks scheduled to start on September 15. Diplomats in Khartoum said one faction of the Sudan Liberation Army/Movement (SLA/M), wanted more time to prepare for the African Union sponsored talks but would send representation if the talks started as planned. “The leadership body of the Sudan Liberation Army/Movement affirms … that the talks be held at the time and place that has already been decided,” the SLA said in a statement sent by the other main faction. Sudanese and U.S. officials have said they hope the coming round of talks, due to take place in Abuja, will result in a peace deal to end the conflict, which has killed tens of thousands and driven around 2 million from their homes. Full Story

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