Ban ki Moon says Next Week Crucial for Darfur
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the coming weeks and months "a crucial period in the quest for peace in Darfur".In a report to the UN Security Council, Mr Ban said that "as long as hostilities continue in Darfur, efforts to reach a political settlement and achieve durable peace will not succeed". Leaders of more than 10 Darfur rebel groups have held talks in Tanzania in search of a common position for peace talks with the Sudanese government.The UN and African Union say the three-day meeting is vital in the wake of a UN resolution approving the deployment of peacekeepers in Darfur.The UN envoy to Sudan, Jan Eliasson, told delegates they had the power to make a positive change in the region.