DOHA, Qatar, June 8 (UPI) -- Peace talks in Darfur began this week and included the participation of the Sudanese government and the Sudanese Liberation and Justice Movement.
Qatari Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmad Al-Mahmoud said that the meeting, which began Monday, is open to participants' suggestions on how to move forward, Kuna reported.
Djibril Bassole, the AU-U.N. joint chief mediator for Darfur, commended the Sudanese who attended and invited remaining Sudanese parties to join the talks.
Amin Hassan Omer, the representative of the Sudanese government and head of the negotiating team, said that the government wishes to find peaceful solutions and doesn't want war.
The chairman of the Liberation and Justice Movement, Tejani Sisei, said the movement now includes 18 armed factions representative of Darfur's societies, adding that stability in the region requires democratic, civilized leadership.