Sudan council agrees to consider rebel group's proposals

A top Sudanese official says the transitional government and rebel leaders have wrapped up a first round of talks aimed at ending the country's years-long civil wars with the government agreeing to consider proposals by the Sudan Liberation Movement-North

A top Sudanese official says the transitional government and rebel leaders have wrapped up a first round of talks aimed at ending the country's years-long civil wars, with the government agreeing to consider proposals by the Sudan Liberation Movement-North.

Mohammed Hassan al-Taishi, a member of the Sovereign Council, says Tuesday the talks will resume Nov. 21. He says the council will examine a declaration of principles presented by the SLMN.

The round of talks ended a day after the government agreed on the agenda for negotiations with the Sudan Revolutionary Front, an alliance of rebel groups from the western Darfur region.

The talks started in South Sudan's capital on Oct. 14, following an initial agreement last month that charted a road map for peace.