Sudan Liberation Movement/Army
Abdelshafi Bassey of the SLM meets Natsios in Chad,
SLM’s Chairman Designate, Commander Ahmed Abdelshafi, met today in Abeche
with the US Special Envoy for Sudan
, Mr. Andrew Natsios.
The meeting discussed the recommendations of the Addis Ababa
meeting (held in November, 2006) with regard to finding a political solution to the Sudanese Conflict on Darfur
Mr. Natsios has indicated that, the newly appointed UN Special Envoy for Sudan
will act as a co-mediator, together with the AU on any future peace talks between the holdout groups and the GoS.
Both Mr. Natsios and Commander Abdeshafi have agreed to work together to finding a peaceful settlement to the Darfur
Commander Abdeshafi, however, has indicated to Mr. Natsios, the need to conclude the current SLM program with regard to unifying all SLM factions prior to engaging in any future peace talks with the GoS. Commander Abdelshafi has also reaffirmed the SLM’s unwavering support to the deployment of robust UN peacekeeping forces into Darfur
as quickly as possible.
At the end of the meeting; Commander Abdelshafi, extended his gratitude to President Bush and the American people for their support to the people of Darfur
The meeting between Commander Abdelshafi and Mr. Natsios was part of the American Administration’s initiative to contact the leaders of the non-signatories to the DPA.
Jaffer Monro, Spokesman