UN envoy for Darfur has his work cut out for him in Sudan

Former Swedish Foreign Minister, Jan Eliasson, says his task to try to help reduce violence in the region and bring about a ceasefire is extremely difficult.

He is in Sudan this week and has already met the country’s Foreign Minister. He is also having talks with President Omar al Bashir.

On Wednesday he will move on to Darfur itself and try to persuade rebel groups to begin peace talks, but Eliasson says the biggest problem is getting the different factions together to form one negotiation party.

Since 2003, 200,000 people have been killed in Darfur and over 2 million have fled their homes in the conflict between Arab militias, who the government is accused of backing, and rebel groups who say black Africans are being oppressed.

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