[dehai-news] (TP) Qatar PM: Sudan's Bashir welcome at Arab Summit in Doha

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From: Biniam Haile \(SWE\) (eritrea.lave@comhem.se)
Date: Wed Mar 11 2009 - 12:09:21 EST

Bashir welcome at Arab summit: PM

Web posted at: 3/11/2009 6:23:12

Source ::: AGENCIES

DOHA: The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister H E Sheikh Hamad bin
Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani acknowledged that the arrest warrant against
Bashir had complicated the Darfur peace process. "We will continue
mediating. However, the arrest warrant does create an obstacle," Prime
Minister said. "We and the Arab League and the African Union insist on
continuing negotiations after we observed that it is everyone's wish,"
he added.
He said that Bashir remained welcome at an Arab summit which Qatar is to
host on March 30. "Qatar will send invitations to all Arab presidents,
including the Sudanese president," he told a news conference. "It is up
to the Sudanese government to decide whether it will attend, but we
welcome the presence of President Bashir."
A Sudanese official said last week that Beshir plans to attend the
summit despite the arrest warrant.
Meanwhile, the most active Darfur rebel group, the Justice and Equality
Movement, said yesterday that it would pursue peace talks with the
Sudanese government despite the international arrest warrant for
President Omar Hassan Al Bashir.
"The movement is committed to continuing the peace process which was
launched in Doha," the movement's representative in Doha, Abubakr Al
Kadi, said.
Qatar last month hosted talks between Khartoum and JEM representatives
that resulted in a confidence-building accord paving the way for further
talks which was hailed by the European Union as an "important step in
the right direction." Qatar Minister of State for Foreign Affairs H E
Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud said a new round of talks between JEM and
Sudanese government represenatives is expected to start within the next
three weeks.
He spoke after meeting the UN and African Union joint chief mediator,
Djibril Bassole.

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