The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said in a statement that former US President Jimmy Carter had agreed to mediate between the government and the rebels, and announced a temporary ceasefire during the possible negotiations.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the
"We are ready to call off all hostilities and hold a temporary ceasefire in honor of President Carter should the Nigerian government accept President Carter's initiative," MEND said in an emailed statement.
"However, if as expected, the government fails to seize on this new opportunity for peace, our actions will continue to speak volumes beyond the Nigerian shores."
On Tuesday, oil hit a new record high of $122 a barrel, lifted by fears of new militant attacks in
It was not immediately possibly to confirm the offer with the Carter Centre.
Date created : 2008-05-06