Darfur peace talks in Slovenia postponed indefinitely
"Officials in the president's office explained that it was obvious the participants were pressured not to take part in the meeting. There was obvious pressure from a number of international organizations, the office explained, adding that UN reps also failed to show much enthusiasm for helping to bring about the meeting. The pressure on the warring sides included threats that their participation in negotiations in Slovenia could endanger the Abuja peace process, the office added.The article says according to Drnovsek's aides, additional diplomatic efforts are needed to ensure that a meeting takes place in Slovenia in the near future.
Photo: Slovenia's President Janez Drnovsek - The Slovene president's duties are largely ceremonial, as the Cabinet and parliament hold most powers.
Note, Sudan Watch Jan 31, 2006 Sudan's expecting two new presidential boats - the first one was made in Slovenia.
Feb 9, 2006 Slovene president calls for peace talks on Darfur - Drnovsek said he has expanded his proposed peace agreement for Darfur from 10 to 16 points. This is no longer just a draft version of a peace agreement but a proposal that has been sent to the Sudanese government and rebels for consideration, Drnovsek said.
Feb 8, 2006 Darfur rebel groups support Slovene initiative - SLA and the JEM said that Drnovsek's plan presents a good basis for concluding a peace deal. Earlier in the day Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir also expressed his support for Drnovsek's peace plan, labelling the initiative a friendly gesture stemming from a sincere and heartfelt desire to help in finding a lasting solution for the region.
Feb 8, 2006 Darfur rebel groups support Slovene initiative - The plan includes a political solution that is similar to the one used to resolve the crisis in southern Sudan several years ago; also includes provisions for ensuring security and special provisions that deal with the involvement of the international community in the peace process.
Jan 30, 2006 Slovene president leaves Liberal Democrats for civic movement - Slovenia's President Janez Drnovsek said Monday he has left the Liberal Democrat party and has formed a civic movement to fight for global justice and development. The Slovene president's duties are largely ceremonial, as the Cabinet and parliament hold most powers.
Jan 19, 2006 Slovene's "The World for Darfur" initiative welcomed in France - "China maintains a strong economic presence in Sudan and could strengthen the African Union-led peacekeeping mission, which is understaffed and ill-equipped for the task, Drnovsek was quoted as saying."