Darfur peace process at a “crossroads,” says envoy

United Nations Special Envoy Jan Eliasson said that the peace process in Darfur is at a “crossroads,” after he and his counterpart from the African Union (AU) finished their third joint visit to Sudan.

Serious obstacles to the political process – including the dire humanitarian situation, the persistence of tribal clashes and unrest in camps – still exist, Jan Eliasson told reporters at the Khartoum headquarters of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).

“We have talked very much about peacekeeping, an indispensable part of the process towards peace in Darfur, but we all must remember there has to be a peace to keep,” said Eliasson.