Sudan quits Darfur talks in Qatar after ultimatum

A Sudanese official says his government has withdrawn from peace talks with Darfur rebel groups, but it is still committed to making peace.

Sudan quits Darfur talks in Qatar after ultimatum

A Sudanese official says his government has withdrawn from peace talks with Darfur rebel groups, but it is still committed to making peace.

The recall comes after Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir issued an ultimatum for Darfur talks in Qatar and return negotiations to Sudan if agreement was not reached by Thursday.

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

"We have just informed our mediators that our delegation will be departing on Friday," said Salaheddine.

The delegation will leave because it has nothing to do, but that does not mean we withdrew from the peace process, and the mediators have promised us a document on a possible agreement in Darfur, he told a news conference.

He said that the Sudanese government was ready to examine the document, even without the delegation being present in Doha.

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

The Khartoum government has for months been trying to secure a comprehensive peace agreement with all Darfur rebel groups, to no avail.

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


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