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Senegal‚ Casamance Rebels Set Talks Agenda

Salif Sadio(AFP) – Senegal and the Casamance separatists have agreed on an agenda for peace talks aimed at ending the three decade rebellion, Catholic mediators in the process said Sunday.

The deal was reached during a November 3 meeting brokered in Rome by the Community of Sant'Egidio, a charity with ties to the Vatican specialising in peace mediation.

The consultations, which took place at Sant'Egidio's Rome headquarters, "yielded a joint draft agenda for the negotiations", a statement said.

The Senegalese government envoys and the Casamance Movement of Democratic Forces (MFDC) delegation led by Salif Sadio "agreed on the issues to be discussed and the order in which to discuss them".
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Sant'Egidio, which had relaunched the peace process between the two sides in October last year, described the outcome of this second meeting as "an important step towards peace".

"Both sides agreed on a timeframe in which to decide a date for the next meeting," father Angelo Romano, who is involved in the talks, told AFP.

Dakar's interest in ending the deadly separatist rebellion in the south of the country has grown since Macky Sall took over from Abdoulaye Wade as president last year.

In December 2012, the MFDC freed eight hostages -- including six members of the Senegalese military -- following a Sant'Egidio mediation.

The MFDC has been fighting for the independence of Casamance, which is separated from the rest of Senegal by Gambia, since 1982 in a conflict that has defeated several peace initiatives and cost thousands of lives.

The Community of Sant'Egidio was founded in Rome in 1968 and got involved in sponsoring peace negotiations in the 1980s when it found that its humanitarian action in Mozambique would be largely useless without peace.

The community has close ties to the Vatican and for many years has made a speciality of parallel and discreet diplomatic activities, earning the nickname of the "little Trastevere United Nations", from the district of Rome where it is situated.

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+4 #5 2013-11-13 17:22
Papierre, this issue here is about justice and equality which am sure lots of people are fans of. Through out history and sure history is a best way to have a closure of all human problems, we can find out that brewing attaya don't do much to elleviate the condition of a people. Most people that have made a positive difference to humanity stood up and reject the injustices on this earth anywhere it is found which may take different ways. It does not have to be through the bullet to achieve this of course but we sure have learn that it does bring change none the lest. To give u a few example in our continent , Mandela of South Africa, Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, amilcar cabral of Bissau, and ofcourse Mr Jammeh. Look u may disagree with me, but sometimes, when people are angry, positive change happens.
In the real world, When gentility fails, brutality prevails.
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+1 #4 2013-11-13 16:38
Look, am not a fan of war, n i dont know many people who are, cus there is nothing fancy when bodies n blood litter the street.

Now, lets bring context to the problem next to my backyard. The so called rebels should disengage n disarm. They are not gaining a thing except spreading misery.

If this was such a good cause, many rebels would not have taken early retirement in the Gambia n brewing "attaya" with me
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+3 #3 2013-11-12 19:21
It is imperative to first learn about the history, cultural and economic stagnation towards the people of cassamance before one could stand to call them bandit or any of that sort. To look back in history, one could see that the commencement of many of the worlds' so call democratic states started being called bandits.
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-4 #2 2013-11-12 00:45
THERE IS NOTHING LIKE PEACE BOTH THE REBELS AND SENEGAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD KNOW THAT NORTH SENEGAL IS THE SOUTH SENEGAL AND THE SOUTH SENEGAL IS THE NORTH SENEGAL.SO THEY CANNOT BE SEPERATED .INFACT IT IS WRONG TO CALL SALIFU SARJO AND HIS BANDIT GROUP AS REBELS.WHERE IS THE SEAT OF THEIR GOVERNMENT WHERE DID THEY CONTROL.MACKY SALLAH SHOULD NOT PLAY WITH THE PEOPLE OF SENEGAMBIA.MACKY STOP SLEEPNG.WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE TALK WITH THE BANDITS IN THE FIRST PLACE.
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0 #1 2013-11-11 20:43
Dialogue is the best approach to solving a conflict. especially between two faction that has been in fightingfor too long. I hope for everlasting PEACE.
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