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May 28, 2012

Opposition wants to enter talks with Juba

African Union mediator, Thabo Mbeki. (Michael Kleinfeld UPI)

KHARTOUM, Sudan (UPI) -- Sudan's main bloc of the opposition told African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki it wished to attend talks with South Sudan, officials said.

Embroiled in a sovereignty dispute with South Sudan, Khartoum is set to resume talks May 29 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the leadership of the AU.

The Sudan Tribune said Sunday the National Consensus Forces -- the opposition bloc -- had sent a letter to Mbeki urging him to consider the party's inclusion "as a representative of the people."

Al-Sahafah Sudan newspaper quoted on Sunday NCF's Chairman Abu Issa as saying "we insist on becoming a third party in any negotiations or dialogue."

The Sudan Tribune said the ruling National Congress Party cautiously welcomed the opposition initiative, stressing "any domestic contribution to the dialogue with South Sudan must be done according to national agendas."

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