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Nigerian President Meets Sudanese, Chadian Delegations over Darfur
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Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjoon Tuesday met separately with Sudanese and Chadian delegations over the crisis in western Sudanese region of Darfur in his hometown Ota in Nigeria's southwestern state of Ogun, local media reported on Tuesday.

The official News Agency of Nigeria said the meetings held behind closed doors were believed to have centered on efforts to resolve the lingering crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The Sudanese delegation was led by Mustafa Osman, Special Adviser to Sudanese President who came to deliver a special message from President Omar El-Bashir and consulted on the situation in Sudan.

The Chadian delegation was led by Chadian President Idris Derby, who protested recent attacks on his territory by rebels believed to be from Sudan in a news briefing with local newsmen, after his meeting with Obasanjo who is also chairman of the African Union (AU).

Derby said Sudan should not be allowed to "host the next meeting of AU extra-ordinary summit in Khartoum" billed for January 23 and 24 next year.

He added that Abuja should again host the extra-ordinary summit of the AU, noting that a country with more than two million displaced persons, with about 300,000 in Chad, must "not be allowed" to lead the AU.

He said he had presented concrete evidence on the attack allegedly launched on his country by the Sudanese and expressed satisfaction with Obasanjo's position for a full AU inquiry on the incident.

"We are satisfied with the idea of an AU inquiry on the issue," he said.

The Sudanese peace talks on the humanitarian crisis in Darfur have been going on in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, for more than six months now, but attacks on local people in the troubled region is still going on.

The trouble in the Darfur region has continued to affect peace and stability in northern Chad, where more than 300,000 victims of the crisis in southern Sudan were being camped as refugees.

(Xinhua News Agency December 28, 2005)

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