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African Leaders Say Darfur Talks Should Resume by Month's End


Libyan Leader Gadhafi, center, looks on as Egyptian President Mubarak greets his Sudanese counterpart Omar el Bashir in Tripoli
African leaders participating in a summit on the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region have agreed that peace talks between the warring parties should resume soon.

The seven-nation meeting was held in the Libyan capital, Tripoli and was attended by leaders from Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Chad and Nigeria, along with senior officials from Gabon.

Representatives of the two main rebel groups in Darfur were also in Tripoli Monday but did not attend the meeting.

Sudanese officials at the summit said the leaders agreed that Darfur rebels and Sudan's government should restart talks in Abuja, Nigeria by the end of the month. African Union-sponsored peace talks in Abuja stalled in December and have not resumed.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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