The newly appointed head of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, on Feb. 9 met with members from key rebel militia as part of a series of talks on the prospects for a durable peace in the war-scarred region in western Sudan. The meeting, which took place in the Qatari capital of Doha, was held between UNAMID Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari and negotiators from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Army/Armed Revolutionary Front (SLA/ARF). UNAMID noted that the talks, covering a range of issues relating to cooperation between the joint peacekeeping operation and the rebel groups, were transparent, constructive and promising, with all parties committed to working closely to advance the peace process in Darfur. (U.N. News Service)

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