Darfur rebel group says civilians were killed in a raid on their town.
Since a peace deal signed by only one of three rebel factions last year, the fighters have split into more than a dozen groups.
The run-up to the talks has also been overshadowed by a rebel attack against an oilfield in a region disputed by Khartoum and Sudan’s former southern rebels.
The Justice and Equality movement claimed to have kidnapped two foreign oil workers.
Othman Kibir, the governor of north Darfur, said: “Darfur doesn’t belong to a handful of groups only. The African Union, United Nations and the international community should talk to all parties, and listen to all parties.”
“To the representatives of the United Nations and the African Union, I urge you to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”
Meanwhile, in the southern city of Juba, the Darfur rebel factions failed to unify their positions and most of them decided to boycott the talks.
Fighting has continued on the ground despite repeated assertions from all parties that a fragile ceasefire is still holding.
|Bakhit, right, says an agreement in Libya
would be a “sedative” to the Darfur issue [AFP]
Vall also said that the political mood in the Sudanese capital Khartoum is not optimistic.
Sudan’s stability remains uncertain amid what many see as the possibility of another nationwide conflict.
“The real crisis is a Sudan crisis – it’s not just about Darfur. If an agreement is reached in Libya, it will be like a sedative to the issue of Darfur,” Adam Bakhit, a Darfur rebel commander, said.