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Qatari official and Darfur mediator discuss peace process

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September 14, 2010 (DOHA) – Qatar’s state minister for foreign affairs and Darfur chief mediator discussed today in Doha the resumption of peace talks between the Sudanese government and the rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) and issues related to the whole process.

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JCM Djibril Bassole and Qatari state minister Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud in Doha on September 14, 2010 (QNA)

Last August the mediator and the host country suspended the negotiations between Khartoum government and LJM rebels. Talks between the two parties achieved progress in wealth sharing file while other committees dealing with power sharing and justice witnessed some delay as the government seemed reluctant to respond to rebels demands.

Minister Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud and UN/AU Joint Chief Mediator Djibril Bassole discussed on Tuesday the peace process in Darfur and the mediation’s future plans to resume talks.

They also discussed Bassole’s contacts with two main rebel groups who are not part of the process: Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) which froze its participation in the talks last Mai, and Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) of Abdel Wahid Al-Nur who met minister Al-Mahmoud and Bassole last July and pledged to join the process.

Bassole also on Tuesday evening left Doha to Khartoum where he is expected to meet on Wednesday with presidential adviser Ghazi Salah Eddin who is in charge of Darfur dossier and the head of the joint peacekeeping mission in Darfur Ibrahim Gambari.

The mediator announced last week he would travel to the Sudanese capital to get Khartoum approval of a meeting he intends to organize in Darfur with JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim who is currently in Libya.

Bassole works to have JEM and SLM-AW in Doha besides LJM which is formed this year with the aim to conclude a comprehensive peace accord to end the seven-year conflict Darfur.

The Sudanese government announced a new strategy aiming at ending the conflict through a greater role for regional institutions and officials and promoting the return of displaced persons to their home land as well as establishment of development projects in the region.

LJM rebels criticized the new strategy terming it as an attempt to deviate from the official venue of peace talks in Doha. "Such plans taint the credibility of the government and its seriousness to end the conflict in Darfur," said Sayed Charif, LJM external relations official.

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  • 15 September 2010 07:16, by DASODIKO

    I am in fact confused on the Qataris; they want to bring any type of peace at any cost in Sudan; regardless of if this signed peace would bring genuine peace or not. I was told that Qatar as a master mind who paid for the Islamist to commit atrocities in South Sudan and other marginalized areas and now in Darfur. Therefore; they are looking to be the one who kills and comes to cry on the funeral more than everybody.
    Another friend put it clearly that these Arabs have money and are looking for a fame that they are able to resolve international desputes.

    So I am wondering why not they stick their asses on Arab and Islamic world, rather than jumping seas and Oceans to Africa.I am sure we are different from them on everything thing, that includes even the way of thinking.

    Qatar’s state minister for foreign affairs met Adul Wahid Nur in Paris to persuiate him to join negociations in Doha. Abdul Wahid told him that he needs peace on the ground before he head to any peace negociation table. The Qatari Minister responded very quickly; "I will forces them to greet your people in IDPs camps". The peace on the ground was understood by the Minister, the normal greeting which means peace in Arabic.

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