PRESS RELEASE NO. 53 STATEMENT BY THE SPECIAL ENVOY AND CHIEF MEDIATOR FOR
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May 2, 2006 - 10:51:00 PM
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PRESS RELEASE NO. 53
STATEMENT BY THE SPECIAL ENVOY AND CHIEF MEDIATOR FOR
THE DARFUR PEACE TALKS, DR. SALIM AHMED SALIM
Darfur Peace Talks Extended for Another 48 Hours
The AU Special Envoy and Chief Mediator for the Inter-Sudanese Peace Talks, Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim was today received in audience by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at the State House, Abuja.
The Chief Mediator briefed the President on the latest developments in the Darfur Peace Talks, following his submission of the draft Darfur Peace Agreement to the Parties, and the subsequent decision to extend the deadline for concluding the Talks, for 48 hours, to allow the Parties agree and adopt the Draft Agreement.
At the end of the discussions, the President requested the Chief Mediator to further extend the deadline for ending the Talks by another 48 hours, to enable him, the Current Chairman of the African Union, other African Leaders and the Chairperson of the AU Commission who are due in Abuja tomorrow, to engage the Parties together with the Chief Mediator and his Team, in order to explore what more could be done to assist them to adopt and sign the Agreement. In this connection, both the President and the Chief Mediator acknowledged and welcomed the presence in Abuja of high level delegations from the International Community, including the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, the European Union and Libya, to support the efforts of the AU Mediation. They once again urged the Parties, especially the Movements, to take advantage of the high level involvement of African leaders and International Partners, to adopt and sign the Agreement without any further delay.
Abuja, 2 May 2006
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