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Exiled rebel leader Abdelwahid Nur heads a faction of the Sudanese Liberation Army that has so far refused to join UN -brokered peace negotiations being held in the Qatari capital Doha .
Other holdouts from the United Nations -led mediations include the Abdelwahid branch of the Sudanese Liberation Army which -- along with the faction led by Minni Minnawi -- was thought to be among the rebel groups battling government soldiers southwest of the North Darfur capital El-Fasher this month.
Darfur became the scene of a rebellion in 2003 against the Arab-dominated Sudanese government, with two local rebel groups - the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA) - accusing the government of oppressing non-Arabs in favor of Arabs.
The hijackers, who had refused to talk directly with Libyan officials, said they belong to the Sudanese Liberation Army, whose exiled leader Abdel Wahid Mohammed Nur lives in Paris, according to airport director Khaled Saseya.
Much of the time has been spent attempting to reconcile offshoots of the two main rebel groups, the Sudanese Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality Movement.
The founder of the Sudanese Liberation Army last month boycotted a meeting of other rebel factions in Arusha, Tanzania.
Nur, the Paris-based head of Sudanese Liberation Army who previously dismissed the Doha talks as "ceremonial," has now decided to join the process, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Friday.
Nur, the head of the Sudanese Liberation Army who lives in Paris, announced his decision during talks with Kouchner late Thursday, providing a boost to the peace effort launched in Doha earlier this year.