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Peace Talks on Southern Sudan to Resume in December

Peace talks to end the civil war in southern Sudan have adjourned until after a special U.N. Security Council meeting on Sudanese conflicts later this month.

Negotiators in Nairobi Monday said Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha and southern rebel leader John Garang will meet again on December 11. Officials say lower-level negotiators will finalize details for the meeting on November 26.

The talks are aimed at ending 21 years of civil war in southern Sudan, a conflict that has killed an estimated 2 million people.

Sudan's government and representatives from the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army have been holding talks since 2002. Major sticking points include merging the two armies and dividing up Sudan's oil wealth.

The U.N. Security Council will discuss the conflict and the separate violence in Sudan's Darfur region November 18 in Nairobi.

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