Seizing the Moment in Darfur

“To seize the moment of opportunity that the Abuja peace deal offers for ending the suffering in Sudan’s Darfur region, African peacekeeping must immediately be bolstered in anticipation of a “substantial” United Nations force and dialogue must start quickly between the local parties, the world body’s top peacekeeping official said today.

“The situation in Darfur remains very fragile – there is an agreement and that’s a major achievement – but it’s an agreement that opens a window, and that’s a window that needs to be seized,” Jean-Marie Guehenno, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations told the press after briefing the Security Council on the results of his recent assessment mission to Sudan.” [More]