African efforts to eliminate the standstill talks over Darfur
Sudan-Regional, Politics, 9/8/2004
The African Union is embarking on formulating new security proposal in an attempt to end the blocked peace talks between the Sudanese government and the rebels of Darfur held in Abuja, Nigeria since August 23.
The new amendment by the African Union is considered the second of its kind within several days in an attempt to bridge stances of the two sides which are still apart over security issues, especially dismantling the weapons of the rebels and the militias in the area where the UN describes the situation as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
The spokesman for the African Union in Abuja talks said that the Union will send the amended draft to the two sides to study it and African officials expect the two sides to resume their talks on Wednesday.
For their part, the rebels said they will meet during night time ( Tuesday night) to discuss the new proposals before they return back to the table of negotiations.
Observers says that the current stalemate in the talks is caused due to the government fears that the increasing self-rule demands of the rebels in the western and southern areas of the country will lead to threatening Sudan's own existence.
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