JOHANNESBURG -- The South African government on Tuesday welcomed developments
in the Darfur Peace Talks convened by the United Nations and African Union in
Arusha, north Tanzania, from Friday to Monday.
Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that "the South African
government welcomes the commitment by all parties to implement the Road-Map
outlined by the UN and African Union Special Envoys Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed
Eight Darfur rebel groups on Monday agreed on a common platform for peace
negotiations with the Sudanese government that they said could start within
"The South African government calls on Sudan Liberation Movement leader Abdel
Wahed Mohamed el-Nur, who currently resides in France, to return to Sudan to
participate in this process," said the statement.
It said that South Africa also welcomes the commitment by the rebel groups to
allow free access by humanitarian agencies to people affected by the conflict
and their pledge to stop hostilities against aid organizations and African Union
(AU) peacekeepers deployed in Darfur.
The South African government called on the Darfur rebel groups and Sudanese
government to successfully conclude negotiations scheduled to be held in three
The UN Security Council last week ordered the deployment of 26, 000
peacekeepers there to take over from an ill-equipped African Union force of
7,000 in Darfur.