Leaders from around the world are in Paris discussing a renewed international push to resolve the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region. The Sudanese government is not attending and some delegates fear it may renege on earlier commitments to allow a joint UN/African Union peacekeeping force into the region. China, an ally of Sudan, will be represented and the US is expected to encourage it to put pressure on Khartoum not to go back on its word.
Delegates will be talking about funds and other support to stabilise the region. The conflict dates back to 2003 when non-Arab rebels took up arms, accusing the government of ignoring their plight in the remote, arid territory. Khartoum mobilised Arab militia, known locally as Janjaweed, to quell the revolt. It is estimated some 200,000 people have died and around 2.5 million have been expelled from their homes.