France, Britain call for comprehensive ceasefire in Darfur

France and Britain on Friday called on Sudan's government and rebel forces to enforce a comprehensive "ceasefire" as a demonstration of their "commitment to the political process," which is aimed at resolving the crisis in Darfur.

France, Britain call for comprehensive ceasefire in Darfur
France and Britain on Friday called on Sudan's government and rebel forces to enforce a comprehensive "ceasefire" as a demonstration of their "commitment to the political process," which is aimed at resolving the crisis in Darfur.

"We are calling on the Sudanese government and the rebels to demonstrate commitment to the political process by ceasing all hostilities and enforcing a comprehensive ceasefire," according toa joint declaration published by French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner and his British counterpart David Miliband.

The two foreign ministers appealed to "all parties that have been invited to the meeting, which has been called by the special envoys of the Africa Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) in Arusha, northern Tanzania, from August 3 to August 5 to attend. Failure to attend the meeting would be a refusal to take part in efforts to remedy the situation in Darfur," according to the declaration.

The two ministers underlined that their countries "were working together at the UN Security Council with a view to ensuring that the proposed joint AU/UN peacekeeping force for Darfur is approved and deployed rapidly."

They called on "all the parties to honor the commitments, which were made in Tripoli, capital of Libya," where a peace conference on Darfur that was held on July 16 helped to revive the political process for re-establishing lasting peace in Darfur.

During their first meeting in Paris on July 20, Sarkozy and Brown agreed to work closely to resolve the Darfur crisis. In addition, Brown and Sarkozy announced they would travel to Darfur to ensure that the peace process was moving forward.

In a further development, Kouchner and Alpha Oumar Konare, chairman of the AU Commission held discussions last Thursday on the Darfur crisis in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia.

Darfur, a western Sudanese region, has been ravaged by a disastrous civil war that has left about 200,000 people dead and a further 2.1 million displaced, according to the UN.

Agencies
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