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Representatives of the Sudanese Government and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), meeting for the first time in two years, began peace talks in Doha Feb. 10, under the auspices of the Joint African Union-United Nations Chief Mediator tasked with resolving the conflict in Darfur. Djibril Yipene Bassole welcomed the parties to the Qatari capital for the preliminary discussions and congratulated them on this important step forward, according to the UN, which noted that this is the first time the two sides have met directly since the 2007 talks held in Abuja, Nigeria.

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