Monday, May 01, 2006

Out of Iraq -- Into Darfur, Part 2

Update 2, referring to Lizzy’s post below:

Extension for Darfur peace talks

Warring parties in Sudan's Darfur region have been given another 48 hours to reach agreement on a peace deal. [...]

"We have to stop the clock for the next 48 hours to allow the parties to hold more talks," the AU's chief negotiator, Salim Ahmed Salim, said at a late-night meeting of negotiators from both sides.

"If we walk away from here, without a peace deal, the world will not forgive us," he said. "I urge the parties to reflect in the next 48 hours on how to breach the existing gap." [...]

also within this article:

In pictures: US rally

As the talks continued, campaigners held a series of mass rallies across the United States calling for an end to the conflict.

Speakers in Washington included the actor George Clooney, who described Darfur as "the first genocide of the twenty-first century".

"We're at the doorstep of something we thought was impossible to dream of in the twenty-first century," he said.

"If we turn our heads and look away and hope that it'll all disappear, then it will. All of them, an entire generation of people." [...]

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