Aboul Gheit meets Darfur's rebel leaders ahead of peace talks in Libya

October 8, 2007 18:46

Egypt's foreign minister met with several Darfur rebel factions on Monday, urging them to join upcoming peace negotiations set for later this month in Libya that are aimed at ending four years of conflict in the western Sudanese region. Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit met with representatives from the Sudan Liberation Army, the Justice and Equality Movement and splinter factions from the two larger rebel groups and stressed the necessity for the "participation of all Darfurian factions" in the Oct. 27 talks. Aboul Gheit called on the rebels to "to halt military operations and seize the chance to prepare for the proper environment to make the negotiations successful," according to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry. The rebel groups' envoys who met with Aboul Gheit expressed their enthusiasm for the meeting and said they wanted to reach a peace deal quickly, the statement said.

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