World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UN, AU Begin Consultations With Darfur Partners

UN and African Union envoys begin informal consultations with Darfur partners

17 March 2008 - The United Nations and African Union envoys spearheading efforts to bring lasting peace to the war-wracked Sudanese region of Darfur are holding informal consultations today in Geneva with regional partners to the political process.

Jan Eliasson of the UN and Salim Ahmed Salim are scheduled to hold consultations tomorrow on the same subject with international observers, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told journalists.

She said the consultations are expected to offer an opportunity to review the political process in Darfur, given the security situation there, especially in West Darfur, where there has been a recent spike in attacks.

Ms. Montas said the informal consultations will also consider the delays to plans to conduct substantive talks among Darfur's rebel groups and the Sudanese Government.

More than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million displaced from their homes since 2003, when rebels began fighting Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen in the arid and impoverished region on Sudan's western flank.

A hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force known as UNAMID has been in place since the start of the year to try to quell the violence and the humanitarian suffering in Darfur.


Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>