Sudan guarantees rebels freedom

2015-08-03 18:35
(Shiraaz Mohamed, AP)

(Shiraaz Mohamed, AP)

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Khartoum - Sudan's government said on Monday it is ready to offer rebels battling its forces legal guarantees to allow them to attend talks in Khartoum aimed at addressing the country's multiple crises.

President Omar al-Bashir has called for a national dialogue to try to end conflicts in border regions and to right its ailing economy.

The government says the talks must take place in Sudan.

"We are ready to offer the required guarantees for armed groups to attend" the national dialogue, First Vice President Bakri Hassan Saleh said at a press conference.

"We are ready to freeze the sentences" against rebel leaders, he said, but added that the government would not offer them full pardons yet.

Khartoum has been battling rebels in the vast Darfur region of western Sudan since 2003 when insurgents mounted a campaign against Bashir's Arab-dominated government, complaining of marginalisation.

Khartoum is also facing an insurgency in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas, where the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North has been battling its troops since 2011.

Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur, called for the national dialogue last January but the talks have yet to start.

African Union chief mediator Thabo Mbeki met Bashir in Khartoum on Monday and is expected to stay for one week for talks about the national dialogue.

"If Mbeki wants to facilitate the internal dialogue he is welcome, but dialogue abroad is not allowed," Salih told reporters.

The UN says that the conflict in Darfur alone has killed 300 000 people and forced 2.5 million to flee their homes.

Khartoum puts the death toll at 10 000.

Read more on:    international criminal court  |  omar al-bashir  |  sudan  |  east africa
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