Somalia’s interim government and the rival Islamic Courts Movement vowed to end fighting and work toward peace in an agreement signed Thursday in the two groups’ first ever high-level talks. Continue reading
Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, who resigned from his post at the State Department Monday to work for Goldman Sachs, recounts his peacekeeping efforts in Darfur and experiences in other international arenas. Continue reading
A U.N. Security Council and African Union team arrived in Sudan Friday in a rare joint effort to convince Khartoum to accept U.N. peacekeeping troops in Darfur and plan for their deployment. Continue reading
The chairman of the African Union Commission expressed “deep regret” Thursday that two prominent rebel groups in Darfur had declined to sign a peace agreement before the May 31 deadline. Continue reading
With a 40 percent stake in Sudan’s oil industry, China has become Sudan’s largest investor, financing part of a major economic boom and in exchange exporting one-third of the resource-rich African nation’s oil output. Margaret Warner reports from Khartoum about the challenges facing Sudan’s economy. Continue reading
Described as the last best hope for Darfur, the region’s peace settlement is thrown into question by officials who worry over Sudan’s instability and refugees who have little faith in the government. Margaret Warner reports from Sudan on the obstacles facing politicians and refugees before a peace deal can be achieved.
In Khartoum, U.N. humanitarian chief Jan Egeland pleaded with the Sudanese government to allow aid to go to the devastated Darfur region. Margaret Warner reports from Sudan on the humanitarian efforts on the ground. Continue reading
Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick recently returned from Africa, where he helped negotiate a peace agreement between the Sudanese government and a faction of Darfur’s largest rebel group. Zoellick outlines the main points of the agreement and the Bush administration’s stance on the crisis in Darfur.
The government of Sudan and the largest rebel group fighting for independence in the restive region of Darfur agreed to a peace deal Friday, but two smaller rebel factions refused to sign-on to the accord. Continue reading