Sudan recalls Darfur peace negotiators
Doha (AFP) Dec 30, 2010
Sudan is recalling its delegation to peace talks in Qatar, but that does not mean it is withdrawing from negotiations for a settlement in Darfur, a Sudanese official said on Thursday.
"We have just informed our mediators that our delegation will be departing on Friday," said Ghazi Salaheddine, the Sudanese government's special adviser on Darfur.
"The delegation will leave because it has nothing to do, but that does not mean we withdrew from the peace process, and the mediators have promised us a document" on a possible agreement in Darfur, he told a news conference.
He said that the Sudanese government was ready to examine the document, even without the delegation being present in Doha.
President Omar al-Bashir said on Wednesday that Sudan would withdraw from the Darfur peace talks and organise its own negotiations if no accord with the rebels was reached imminently.
"If we reach an agreement tomorrow, praise be to God. But if there is no agreement, we will withdraw our negotiating team and the talks will then be held in Darfur," Bashir told thousands of supporters in Nyala.
The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), the most heavily armed Darfur rebel group, slammed Bashir's speech, calling it "a declaration of war."
"We condemn Bashir's speech today and we consider it a declaration of a new war," JEM spokesman Ahmed Hussein Adam said after Bashir's speech.
The Khartoum government has for months been trying to secure a comprehensive peace agreement with all Darfur rebel groups, to no avail.
Earlier in December, the JEM resumed talks aimed at reaching a ceasefire.
The Liberty and Justice Movement (LJM), an alliance of rebel splinter factions, was expected to finalise a peace deal with Khartoum in mid-December after agreeing a ceasefire in March, but the accord was never signed.
Darfur has been gripped by a civil war since 2003 that has killed 300,000 people and displaced another 2.7 million, according to UN figures. Khartoum says 10,000 people have died in the conflict.
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Lieutenant General Joseph Henry Smith said Ghana, an immediate neighbour to Ivory Coast, had overstretched its military capacity with deployments elsewhere in the world.
His comments came a day after ECOWAS military chiefs met to map out the logistics of an intervention in the event that Gbagbo remains defiant in the face of pressure for him to hand over power to his rival Alassane Ouattara.
"We are already over-stretched because we have contributed to UN peace keeping forces in Lebanon, (Democratic Republic of) Congo and Cote d'Ivoire itself and as such it won't be possible to send any troops to our neighbours again," he told AFP.
The Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) bloc has voted to authorise military intervention if Gbagbo refuses to step aside for Ouattara.
A delegation of three West African presidents went to Abidjan on Tuesday to deliver an ultimatum, but left without a clear outcome, and has since said they are still pressing for a peaceful solution.
They are due to return to Abidjan on Monday for more talks and military action appears to have been put on the back burner for now.
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