Apr 20, 2004 (BBC Monitoring via COMTEX) -- The government
delegation will today head for the Chadian capital, Ndjamena, to resume
political negotiations with the Darfur [western Sudan] rebels.
The talks are
aimed at reaching a solution to restore peace and stability in the region.
Meanwhile, the government has rejected the rebels' proposal to have Eritrea
as a mediator in the negotiations. At the same time, it reiterated its
commitment to disarm militias and bring to justice all those involved [in
attacks] The minister of external relations, Mustafa Uthman Isma'il, said
Ndjamena political talks would start today in accordance with the official
statement sent to the government by the Chadian mediator. The minister
explained that the government delegation would be the same as before.
[Passage omitted] For his part, the minister of information, Al-Zahawi
Ibrahim Malik, said the government would not accept Eritrea as the mediator
in the talks because "The [Eritrean] regime is against Sudan's peace and
interests and we do not want Eritrea to be involved in the Darfur
issue." [Passage omitted]
Al-Ayyam, Khartoum, in Arabic 20 Apr 04
BBC Mon ME1