This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's information minister says the government will hold cease-fire talks with the country's main rebel coalition next month, the Sudan Revolutionary Front.
Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said on Thursday that the talks will take place Oct. 12-15 under the leadership of chief African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki, who will visit Khartoum soon.
The Front includes the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, which is aligned with independent South Sudan and which is waging an insurgency in Sudan's South Kordufan and the Blue Nile states, as well as the Justice and Equality Movement fighting in Sudan's troubled western Darfur region and several smaller groups.
Osman says the talks will be an "important step" toward setting the stage for a "proposed national dialogue process" between Khartoum and opposition parties and rebel groups.
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.