U.N. Pledges Revitalized Darfur Effort
Posted on Jan 5, 2007
The United Nations has begun a renewed effort to address the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has promised to give the crisis his full attention, though many world leaders have made similar commitments to no avail.
Jan Eliasson, the UN special envoy to Darfur, is to travel to the region to try to stop fighting between rebel groups and the Sudanese government.
The UN wants to strengthen peacekeeping troops but there is conflict with Sudan over the number of UN soldiers to be deployed there.
At least 200,000 people have died in Darfur in the past four years.
A peace agreement was signed last May between the government and one leading rebel group but violence has continued, with rival rebels refusing to sign.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon