Egypt, Libya Try again for Reconciliation in Sudan

Published May 14th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Musa said Saturday that Cairo and Tripoli have renewed efforts towards reconciliation in Sudan and that they want to coordinate the matter through the Inter-governmental Authority for Development (IGAD). 

"Arrangements are underway to hold a tripartite meeting shortly, bringing together the foreign ministers of Egypt, Libya and Sudan to discuss the Sudanese question," Musa told the press. 

Musa told the press that the meeting would be preceded by a session of the joint Egyptian-Libyan initiative committee charged of achieving the Sudanese conciliation, adding that there will be a number of meetings among senior officials in Khartoum to pave the way for the three-way meeting.  

The minister did not give dates. 

Egypt and Libya launched an initiative in 1999 for a national conference to bring together the government and northern opposition groups, as well as the rebel Southern People's Liberation Army (SPLA) to end the civil war raging for 17 years in the country. 

In response to a question, Musa noted that Egypt and Libya are still waiting for a response from the IGAD which presented an initiative about Sudan. 

"The ball is in IGAD's camp. We have expressed our desire for coordination and we are waiting for IGAD to make the next move," he added. 

IGAD, which comprises seven east African nations, has been trying to broker peace talks between the Sudanese government and the SPLA since 1993 to end the civil war. 

The Egyptian minister talked Tuesday in Cairo with the head of the SPLA John Garang about the situation in Sudan after the suspension last Saturday by Sudanese President Oman al-Beshir of his former ally Hassan al-Turabi from his role as secretary general of the ruling party in Khartoum, the National Council – (Agencies) 

 

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