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S. Darfur camp leaders favor Abdel Wahid at peace talks -- sheikh

July 16 - 2010 KALMA

The omdas and sheikhs of IDP camps in South Darfur delivered a note to a representative of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) refusing to consent to a peace agreement in Darfur that does not include them in the negotiations. The leaders of the displaced demanded that the leader of the Sudan Liberation Movement, Abdel Wahid Al Nur, negotiate in their name. They said that they have formed a special committee to participate in any negotiations, consisting of representatives nominated from the camps. Sheikh Ali Tahir said this yesterday in an interview with Radio Dabanga. These remarks from the South Darfuri sheikh came on the final day of a civil society forum in Doha that included hundreds of civil society participants and camp leaders. They also follow a breakthrough in the process last week, when Abdel Wahid himself announced that he is willing to join the Doha peace talks. He had refused since May 2006 to negotiate with the government.


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