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Feuding Sudanese Rebels Briefly Quit Talks

Feuding Sudanese rebel leaders briefly walked out of a meeting with the State Department’s No. 2 official on Tuesday, highlighting the challenges he faces as he tries to shore up peace efforts in the troubled African nation. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick had called the meeting to try to unite the factions within the Sudan Liberation Movement, the largest rebel group in Sudan’s western Darfur region. The split within the rebel movement has undermined peace talks with the government and sparked more fighting in Darfur. At the meeting Tuesday, leaders of the two factions walked out when Zoellick arrived. Saif Haroun, a spokesman for the faction led by Minni Minnawi, said the other faction wanted equal footing during the talks with Zoellick. Full Story

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