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Talks to Salvage Darfur Security Accord Resume in Nigeria

Sudanese government and rebel negotiatiors have resumed talks aimed at salvaging an African Union-brokered security accord for the troubled region of Darfur.

The talks in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, stalled earlier Friday after government delegates refused to sign the agreement.

The Darfur rebels said they accepted the accord.

The Sudanese government objects to the rebel demand for a no-fly zone over Darfur, and says the deal does not include the government's demand that the rebels move their forces to specified garrisons. Negotiators also say there are disagreements over disarming the government-allied militias known as Janjaweed.

An African Union spokesman calls the security package the best possible compromise.

The top U.N. official for Darfur, Jan Pronk, warned Thursday that the region could collapse into anarchy unless there is a greater world effort to stop the violence between pro-government militias and rebels.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.