Sudan may respond to parts of rebel platform

Sudan's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that it was ready to respond to some parts of a platform reached by war-torn Darfur's splintered rebel factions during recent talks aimed at ending four years of widespread violence. Rebel groups who attended the four-day talks in Arusha, Tanzania agreed to hold peace talks with Sudan's government. The UN and African Union said Monday that nearly all the rebel groups reached a "common platform" for talks on issues such as power- and wealth-sharing, security, land and humanitarian issues