October 6, 2004


Blair set to rack up pressure on Sudan over Darfur crisis (ALISON HARDIE, 10/06/04, The Scotsman)

TONY Blair will today make a personal appeal to the president of Sudan to act urgently to end the humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur, which has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced many more.

The Prime Minister is due to make a brief visit to Khartoum in an effort to jolt the Sudanese authorities into meeting the demands of the United Nations.

At talks with President Omar Ahmed al-Bashir and his deputy, Ali Osman Mohammed Taha, Mr Blair is expected to stress that the international community expects the president to reach a peace deal with rebels wreaking havoc in the Darfur region.

He will insist that the Sudanese government allows proper access to refugees by aid organisations, and a greater role for potential peacekeepers from the African Union.

It's probably better to use the "I don't know how much longer I can restrain Bush" argument.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 6, 2004 8:42 AM
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