Darfur: UN Envoy Doubtful Parties are Willing to Enter Negotiations

From the UN News Center:

Jan Eliasson, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Darfur, told a Council briefing that the environment in the region had deteriorated, despite the persistent efforts of the UN and the African Union to bring the Government and the many splintered rebel groups to the peace table.

“We now urgently have to mobilize all available political energy inside and outside Sudan to, first of all, stop [the] escalation and reach a cessation of hostilities and, secondly, to lay a foundation for serious peace talks for Darfur,” he said.

Mr. Eliasson said “a new generation in Sudan may be doomed to a life in conflict, despair and poverty” and become radicalized in camps unless the international community does more to end the crisis.

“But, at the end of the day, we will not make progress unless the Sudanese themselves show seriousness, political will, and a focused commitment to peace. It is for them to accept responsibility and finally accept the outstanding issues.”

Read Eliasson’s full briefing.