UN and African Union envoys for Darfur crisis meet

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The United Nations and African Union envoys heading intern ational efforts to resolve the Darfur conflict travelled to the town of Juba on W ednesday for talks with the former southern Sudanese rebels as they seek to brin g new momentum to the stalled political process.
The UN's Jan Eliasson and the AU's Salim Ahmed Salim met with Salva Kiir, Sudan' s First Vice President, and members of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (S P LM) Task Force on Darfur, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporter.
A statement issued in Accra by the UN Information Centre on Thursday said the tw o envoys also held consultations with the United Resistance Front (URF), a recen t ly-formed alliance that groups together five movements from Darfur, where rebels have been fighting Government forces and allied militiamen since 2003.
Eliasson and Mr.
Salim briefed their audience on Wednesday about last month' s meetings in Geneva with the regional partners and the wider international comm u nity, and they also discussed the way forward for the political process.
More than 200,000 people have been killed and almost 2.
5 million others displace d from their homes in Darfur, and previous attempts to find a lasting peace have faltered or stalled.
The UN and AU have deployed a hybrid peacekeeping mission known as UNAMID to try to quell the violence and the humanitarian suffering but so far less than 10,00 0 personnel – out of the 26,000 expected at full deployment – are in place.
Okabe said the envoys would visit the Darfur region itself next Wednesday, d uring which they are expected to meet local representatives of civil society and the region's other movements.

10 april 2008 20:40:00

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