Sudan: President Declares 2007 Year of Peace

“Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir has declared 2007 as the Year of Peace in Darfur.

Speaking at a mass rally in Fashir, the regional capital of North Darfur State the Sudanese president urged the rebels in the conflict-torn region to to join the peace process.

President Al-Bashir called for an end to the war in Darfur and for a move towards peace and rehabilitation, stressing that Sudan with its economic and manpower resources was capable of becoming a major power.

The President said that the Sudanese Council of Ministers had arrived in Darfur at the weekend to see the situation on the ground and to find the best solution.

Next month, the two Special Envoys will convene another meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, after which invitations will be issued to the parties to commence political negotiations later in August.”

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