Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Sudan Tribune

Plural news and views on Sudan

Darfur summit in Egypt postponed

CAIRO, April 10 (AFP) — A summit on the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur planned for April 20 has been postponed for logistical reasons, the Egyptian government said Sunday.

Ahmed_Abul_Geit.jpg“The Darfur summit has been postponed because some of the participants were not available,” Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit told reporters.

Egypt was to host a mini-summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on April 20 with other leaders from Chad, Libya, Nigeria and Sudan to try to find a solution to the Darfur crisis.

Darfur rebel groups had already rejected the idea of the summit, charging that its only purpose was to offer support to the Sudanese government.

A similar five-way meeting over Darfur — also without the presence of the rebel movements — was held in Libya in October last year but failed to yield any significant results.

According to a British parliamentary report, some 300,000 people have died in Darfur from the combined effect of war and famine since a rebellion broke out more than two years ago and was brutally repressed by Khartoum.

On April 1, the UN Security Council passed a resolution referring Darfur war criminals to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, in a bid to pressure Khartoum into reaching a political solution to the conflict.