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Cablegate: December 27 Darfur Talks in Doha: Official

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INFO RUEHZO/AFRICAN UNION COLLECTIVE
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SUBJECT: DECEMBER 27 DARFUR TALKS IN DOHA: OFFICIAL
COMMUNIQUE

1. (U) Below is the English-language communique provided to
Embassy Doha by Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the
outcome of the December 27 talks with Sudanese officials on
Darfur.

2. (U) Begin Communique:

In the framework of the Inclusive Peace Talks in Darfur,
which were officially launched in Doha on 18 November 2009,
His Excellency Mr. Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, Minister of
State for Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, and Mr.
Djibrill Bassole, the AU/UN Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur,
held a working session in Doha today with Dr. Ghazi Salah
Al-Din Attabani, Advisor to the President of the Republic of
Sudan, and his high level delegation.

The meeting was held in order to exchange views on the peace
process, in preparation for the next round of negotiations
between the Government of National Unity of Sudan and the
Darfuri Armed Movements, which is scheduled to begin on 24
January 2010.

Considering the necessity to involve the Darfur population in
the search for durable peace, the Mediation thanked the
Sudanese Government for facilitating the successful holding
of the first civil society forum in Doha from 17 to 21
November 2009. The Mediation presented the outcomes and
recommendations of that forum to the Sudanese Government
delegation. In anticipation of holding a broader civil
society forum in Doha, which would adopt a global consensus
on peace, social reconciliation and socioeconomic development
in Darfur, the Mediation urged the Government to take into
consideration the aspirations expressed by the people of
Darfur.

Ahead of the planned peace negotiations between the
Government of National Unity of Sudan and the Darfuri Armed
Movements, the Mediation informed Dr. Ghazi Salah Al-Din
Attabani of the initiatives underway to unify the various
factions. The Mediation also updated the government
delegation on the ongoing efforts to unify the negotiating
positions of the Movements, which would allow for more
efficient and constructive negotiations and create the
conditions for a cessation of hostilities. The Mediation was
briefed on the efforts of the Government to improve the
security and humanitarian situations. In this respect, the
Mediation strongly recommended that the Government do
everything possible to create a climate of trust and a
conducive environment for reaching a lasting settlement of
the conflict, particularly in the areas of security and
freedom of movement, as stipulated in UNSC resolution 1769
and the Goodwill and Confidence Building Agreement signed in
Doha on 17 February 2009.

Regarding the normalization of relations between Sudan and
Chad, Minister Al-Mahmoud and Mr. Bassole welcomed the visits
of the Sudanese Presidential Adviser, Dr. Ghazi Salah Al-Din
Attabani, to N'djamena on 10 October and the Chadian Foreign
Minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat, to Khartoum on 26 December
2009. The Mediation urged the Sudanese Government delegation
to continue these efforts to restore confidence and to
promote the normalization of relations with Chad, in the
spirit of the agreement concluded in Doha on 3 May 2009
between Chad and Sudan.

After being informed by the Sudanese Delegation about the
ongoing electoral process, the Mediation expressed the hope
that the ongoing peace negotiations will continue so as to
enable all the Darfur populations to partake in the April
2010 elections in a free and democratic manner.

Doha on 27 December 2009

End Communique.

NANTONGO

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