Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Progress in Darfur

Hope is reported via CNN:
KHARTOUM, Sudan (Reuters) -- Sudan's government and Darfur rebels have agreed to a 60-day cease-fire and a peace summit sponsored by the African Union and United Nations as steps toward stopping the violence in west Sudan, a visiting U.S. official said Wednesday.

"President [Omar al-]Bashir agreed to the start of a peace process that includes a 60-day cessation of hostilities," said New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, while visiting Sudan.

Saying the temporary truce provides a "cooling-off period," Richardson told CNN that "I think it is a step in the right direction. ... I'm very excited about this breakthrough."

"What we were able to do is set up a political process that puts pressure on both sides to reach an agreement, not just on a cease-fire, but to have United Nations peacekeeping troops, to secure the borders, to stop some of the killing and the famine, " he said in the CNN interview.
Cheers to Gov. Bill!! Call it campaign posturing if you want, but this is the forgotten mess due to the distraction of Iraq. Now we hope that those currently in agreement are truly sincere in their desire to move forward in a civil and peaceful manner!


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