World failing Darfur, says Rice
Washington, June 25, 2007
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said the world has failed the people of Darfur, ahead of a Paris summit on the Sudanese region.
'I will be very frank. I do not think that the international community has really lived up to its responsibilities here,' Rice said.
Some 200,000 people have died and 2.4m fled the violence in Darfur since 2003.
The US, France, China and Egypt will attend the meeting, but not Sudan nor representatives from rebel factions.
Much of the violence has been linked to clashes between government-sponsored Janjaweed militias and Darfur's rebel groups.
Having described the killing in Darfur as genocide, the Bush administration wants to be seen taking a lead in solving the crisis in Monday's summit, says the BBC.
He says the US government is still worried the Sudanese leadership will not honour an earlier promise to allow 19,000 UN troops to join a group of 7,000 African Union (AU) soldiers currently trying to keep the peace in Darfur.