Moussa: Justice and Equality Movement in Sudan ready to resume negotiations
Sudan, Politics, 5/19/2005
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa said yesterday that he felt that the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in Sudan was ready to resume negotiations with Khartoum.
In statements to reporters, Moussa said he met with JEM leaders on the sidelines of a seven-way summit on Darfur that was held in Tripoli.
JEM leaders expressed hope progress would be achieved on the ground.
Asked about the foreign military presence in Darfur, Moussa said the soldiers there are from African nations.
Meanwhile, Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Basher asserted yesterday his country's keenness on cooperating with the United Nations (UN) to work out a solution for the Western Sudanese region of Darfur in order to establish peace and stability.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail said, Al- Basher handed over a copy of the ten proposals which he has made before a Tripoli-hosted African summit on Sudan's Darfur crisis to the UN Secretary General's Special Advisor Lakhdar Brahimi at a meeting in Khartoum yesterday.
In statements following the meeting, Brahimi said that during the meeting he was briefed on the outcome of Tripoli summit.
The UN official further asserted the need to continue extending humanitarian aid to the Western Sudanese region of Darfur.
He also underlined the necessity of working out a prompt solution for the Darfur crisis, achieving security and stability, together with providing conducive conditions for the return of Darfur. Brahimi also called for a quick resumption of the Abuja talks.
Ismail left Khartoum yesterday for Beijing on a five-day visit to China, carrying a message from President Al-Basher to his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao.
Ismail will meet with Chinese officials, including Foreign Minister Li Zhacking and officials of the Communist party, to discuss regional and international issues of mutual concern and conditions in Darfur.
Sudan is China's third trade partner in Africa, after South Africa and Angola, with trade exchange last year amounting to, dlrs 2.5 billion, at an increase of 31,3 percent over 2003.
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