Sudanese Opposition Gives Cautious Welcome to Beshir Peace Call

Published May 18th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Sudanese opposition in exile welcomed Wednesday a proposal it said it had received from President Omar al-Beshir for a pan-Sudanese conference to seek solutions to all Sudanese issues. 

The chairman of the opposition umbrella group, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Mohamed Osman al-Mirghani, had received a written message from Beshir showing his willingness to unify Sudanese ranks and proposing a conference of all sides, said a statement from his office received here. 

Mirghani appreciated this "goodwill" gesture and welcomed the contents of the message and said he would give it full consideration, the statement said. 

It added that Mirghani would present the offer to the NDA leadership for action and would also communicate it to Egypt and Libya, which are sponsoring a joint mediatory initiative and to Eritrea, which, according to the statement, is also exerting efforts to bring the Sudanese parties together. 

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. 

Separately, the Inter-governmental Authority for Development, 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-- KHARTOUM (AFP) 


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