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Cablegate: January 18 Darfur Talks in Doha: Official

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SUBJECT: JANUARY 18 DARFUR TALKS IN DOHA: OFFICIAL
COMMUNIQUE

1. Below is the English-language communique provided to
Embassy Doha by Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the
outcome of January 18 consultations on Darfur.

2. Begin Communique:

In the framework of the ongoing efforts by the international
community to find a solution to the Darfur conflict and in
continuation of the Doha meetings and consultations in
November 2009, including the First Civil Society Forum and
the launching of the peace talks, the Mediation convened on
18 January 2010 in Doha the second International Experts
workshop on the Darfur Peace Process.

The opening session was presided by His Excellency Mr. Ahmed
bin Abdulla Al-Mahmoud, the Qatar Minister of State, and His
Excellency Mr. Djibrill Bassole, the AU-UN Chief Mediator, in
the presence of His Excellency Ramtane Lamamra, the AU
commissioner for Peace and Security and His Excellency Ahmed
Bel Heli, Deputy Secretary General of the League of Arab
States. It may be mentioned that the session was followed by
a brainstorming meeting between these officials during which
they exchanged views of the peace prospects in light of the
prevailing positive environment.

The participants welcomed the positive developments on the
three Mediation tracks: the Sudan Government and the Armed
Movements, the Civil Society, and the normalization of
Chad-Sudan relations. They reiterated their full support to
the Joint Qatar/AU-UN Mediation and its planned programme of
activities. They called on all the parties to remain fully
committed to the Doha Peace Process.

Experts from the United Nations, the African Union, the
League of Arab States, the Organization of the Islamic
Conference, the five Permanent Members of the UN Security
Council, the European Union, the Contact Group on Darfur, and
other partners and organizations are participating in the
workshop.

The aim of the workshop is to take stock of the outcome of
the various contacts and consultations undertaken by the
Mediation with different Darfur stakeholders as well as the
status of the current efforts on the reunification of the
movements. At the conclusion of their deliberations, they
will submit to the Mediation recommendations on the above
mentioned issues and the way forward.

Doha, 18 January 2010

End Communique.

LeBaron

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