Sudan's foreign minister says a new round of peace talks between the government and rebels in the western Darfur region is set for February.

Mustafa Osman Ismail told reporters at the African Union summit in Abuja, Nigeria, Monday that the talks are to be held in Abuja.

A negotiator for the rebel Sudanese Liberation Army told the Associated Press his team plans to attend the talks.  And a spokesman for the rebel Justice and Equality Movement told Reuters his group would be willing to participate.

Several earlier rounds have failed to bring peace to Darfur, where 70,000 people are believed to have died and more than 1.5 million have been displaced over the past two years. 

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