Calling on all parties to cease hostilities and prepare for forthcoming negotiations, the United Nations Special Envoy to Darfur today laid out “a road map towards peace” in the war-ravaged region of the Sudan.
Jan Eliasson told reporters after briefing the Security Council that there are three stages of the road map for the coming months.
Khartoum adamant on Darfur ‘atrocities’ suspects
Presidential assistant says Sudan stands by Beshir’s position not to hand over Haroun, Kosheib.
It is denials, half-truths and counter-accusations as the Darfur conflict once again dominates news from Africa.
This follows last week’s announcement of new sanctions on Sudan by President George Bush due to what he said was reluctance by Khartoum to solve the four-year-old conflict.
According to Sudan’s Foreign minister, Dr Lam Akol, the sanctions could only complicate a conflict whose roadmap was almost being agreed on. “Unless the US reviews its hostile stand on Sudan, the rebel groups would continue fighting because they are receiving negative signals. The Sudan government can only solve the conflict through dialogue and not through decrees as being pursued by the US,” said Akol during an interview in Khartoum
And lastly from Angola Press:
Never too late, Arab pop stars raise funds for Darfur
Arab pop stars descended on Khartoum this week to perform concerts to aid war-torn Darfur, in a rare show of solidarity with the millions of Muslims caught in the conflict in western Sudan.
Most of the billions of dollars in aid to fund the world`s largest humanitarian operation in Darfur has come from the West. And Arab leaders have been politically more sympathetic with Khartoum, sparking criticism from U.N. officials.
While Hollywood stars have been lobbying for years on Darfur, this was the most high-profile attempt by Arab artists to help those suffering more than four years of conflict between Darfuri rebels and the central government, which has forced 2.5 people million from their homes.