Darfur peace talks end with Sudan exit

Government negotiator says delegation will leave Qatar for Khartoum Friday. Rebels call it "a declaration of war"


Associated Press
December 31, 2010 12:30AM (UTC)

A Sudanese official says his government has withdrawn from peace talks with Darfur rebel groups, but it is still committed to making peace.

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir threatened to call off the talks in Qatar and return negotiations to Sudan if agreement was not reached by Thursday, and he carried out his threat.

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Chief government negotiator Ghazi Salaheddine says the Sudanese delegation will leave for Khartoum on Friday.

Ahmed Hussain Adam, a rebel spokesman, described the move as "a declaration of war" in remarks to Al-Jazeera TV.

Last minute disagreements foiled a goal to reach an accord by the end of the year.

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The talks were also marred by renewed clashes between government and rebel forces. Thousands were displaced during the new fighting.


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