Sudanese government and SPLA rebels invited to talks next week

Jan 10, 2002 (AFP)

The Sudanese government and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) have been invited to talks on reaching a ceasefire next week in Switzerland, the Swiss foreign ministry said on Thursday.

The invitation to the talks, which are also backed by the United States, follows a series of contacts in the region, spokeswoman Muriel Berset-Kohen told AFP.

Berset-Kohen said negotiations would focus on a limited-term but renewable ceasefire in the Nuba mountains region in central Sudan.

If the two parties agree to meet, the talks would be held in a secret location in Switzerland, she added. Swiss officials declined to say when they were meant to start.