Darfur rebel factions begin unity talks in Arusha
Sat 4 Aug 2007, 7:22 GMT
[-] Text [+] By C. Bryson Hull
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Reuters) - Darfur rebel factions began African Union-United Nations sponsored negotiations on Friday aimed at resolving their differences ahead of peace talks with the Sudanese government.
The talks to end the four-year conflict in western Sudan have taken on a new importance since the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday approved the deployment of 26,000 peacekeeping troops and police to stem the bloodshed in Darfur.
Darfur rebels split into about a dozen groups are meeting to work out a single negotiating position for peace talks with the government, and a date and venue for the negotiations.
Members of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) arrived in the Tanzanian resort town of Arusha on Friday, as did some negotiators with factions of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). Read more >>>>