WORLD IN BRIEF : SUDAN : Talks Break Down on Ending Civil War

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Peace talks between rebels and the Sudanese government collapsed in disagreement over the country's Islamic legal code and other issues that have kept them at war for nearly seven years. "In my opinion, neither side came to Nairobi (Kenya) prepared to take the difficult steps necessary for peace," said former President Jimmy Carter, who acted as an unofficial mediator in the five days of talks. Both Carter and the Sudan People's Liberation Army said the talks failed, but the government said they were merely postponed.

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