If true, this sounds encouraging news.
"The Sudanese government has made overtures, of its own accord, to the main rebel faction that declined to sign the peace agreement and has offered political incentives outside the framework of the Abuja agreement," Julie Flint tells us in commentary at The Daily Star 9 Sep 2006 - World must not fail Darfur a fourth time [hat tip CFD & POTP].
Not sure which of the rebel holdouts Julie refers to - JEM, NRM or SLM-Nur. Disappointed she didn't have news of a date for the Darfur-Darfur Dialogue Conference but she does say, quote:
"The focus must now shift back to negotiation, led from the highest levels. The problem of Darfur is political and demands a political solution, regardless of how long it takes."