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Sudan calls for world pressures on Darfur rebels
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The Sudanese government on Thursday called world pressures on rebel movements in the war-torn western Sudanese region of Darfur in order to make the upcoming peace talks success.

"The international community should practice pressures on the movements that reject the peace process and punish them for their impeding stances," State Minister in the Sudanese Foreign Ministry Samani al-Wasila al-Sheikh Samani was quoted by the official SUNA as saying.

The Minister renewed his government's commitment to dialogue with the rebel movements and exerting utmost efforts to make success the next negotiations to be held in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Oct. 27.

Samani made the remarks during a meeting with visiting US Special Envoy to Sudan Andrew Natsios. The two sides discussed the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in southern Sudan as well as developments of the Darfur issue.

The US official commended a recent declaration made by Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir on his government's commitment to the cease-fire during the Tripoli talks, saying that the declaration would help in making success the negotiations.

Natsios began his current visit in Sudan since the weekend, during which he has paid a tour in southern Sudan and Darfur.

During his visit in southern Sudan, he explained that he met with a number of local officials and got acquainted with the rehabilitation process as well as the resettlement of the displaced persons.

In Neyala and Zalengi in Darfur, Natsios met with leaders of the tribes and made a telephone contact with Abdul Wahid Mohammed Nour, the leader of the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and urged him to join the political process in a view that his absence was not good to the people of Darfur.

Nour, who is currently living in France, has threatened to boycott the Tripoli talks.

(Xinhua News Agency October 5, 2007)

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