Home | News    Saturday 30 April 2005

AU’s Konare heads to Nigeria for talks on Togo, Darfur


LAGOS, April 29 (AFP) — African Union commission chief Alpha Oumar Konare will meet AU chairman President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria on Saturday for talks on crises in Togo and Sudan’s western region of Darfur, officials said.

JPEG - 7.8 kb
Alpha Oumar Konare

The trip precedes what is hoped will be the re-opening next month of AU-sponsored peace talks between Khartoum and Darfur’s main rebel groups and comes a day after the body decided to double its peace mission in the region.

The talks are expected to cover "essential questions about the resumption of negotiations in Abuja, the expansion of the force in Darfur and the situation in Togo," said AU spokesman Adam Thiam.

Obasanjo’s spokeswoman Remi Oyo said the two men would meet on Saturday at the Nigerian leader’s private farm at Ota, in the southwest of the country.

There is not expected to be any press conference after the meeting, but a statement may be released.

Late Thursday, the AU’s Peace and Security Council agreed to boost the strength of its Darfur peace monitoring mission from the 3,320 it will have by the end of May to 7,731 by end of September.

Obasanjo, the current chair of the African Union, has played a key role in trying to bring Darfur’s warring factions to the peace table to end two years of conflict in which up to 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed and more than a million displaced.

AU headquarters in Addis Ababa has yet to make any public comment on the situation in Togo following Sunday’s disputed elections there, but Obasanjo has urged the west African nation to form a unity government.

On Tuesday, violence erupted in Lome’s streets, after officials announced that Faure Gnassingbe, candidate of the party that has ruled Togo for four decades and son of the previous leader, had won the polls.

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Open letter to South Sudan Civil Aviation Authority 2018-09-19 04:05:10 By Telar Ring Deng On the cold morning of 9th September 2018, we were all in utter shock and bewilderment at the very tragic accident that occurred in Eastern Lakes State when a Plane crashed (...)

Sudanese have become prey of mercenaries and Janjawid militias 2018-09-17 09:59:30 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The Janjaweed bandits have been raging in the land of Darfur in particular and Sudan in general with corruption, havoc and destruction, more than a decade on. The (...)

Khartoum’s peace agreement: A looming disaster 2018-09-15 07:42:34 By Duop Chak Wuol Throughout the South Sudanese peace process, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) has been faced with serious political issues. These issues make it (...)


Latest Press Releases

Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)

The Suspension of Hurriyat Online Newspaper 2018-04-29 07:04:37 Sudan Democracy First Group 28 April 2018 The Sudanese civil and political circles and those concerned with Sudan were shocked by the news that the management of Hurriyat online newspaper has (...)

Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan 2018-04-22 10:01:20 UN Secretary-General, New York African Union Commission, Addis Ababa UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan (...)


Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.