China Presses Sudan to Cooperate with Peacekeepers

Edward Cody reports in the Washington Post:

President Hu Jintao strongly urged Sudan to cooperate in the swift deployment of international peacekeeping forces and to help end humanitarian abuses in the country’s embattled Darfur region, the official Communist Party newspaper said Thursday.

The Chinese leader, in a meeting with visiting Sudanese Vice President Ali Uthman Muhammad Taha, used frank language in calling on the Khartoum government to make more strenuous efforts to settle the conflict along Sudan’s western border and “allow people there to reconstruct their homeland,” according to the People’s Daily.

“It is necessary to push forward the relevant parties to carry out a comprehensive cease-fire and constantly improve the humanitarian and security situation,” Hu told Taha in their meeting Wednesday.

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