Britain welcomes Darfur peace deal - UK will play its full part in helping to turn "historic" Agreement into peace
Britain has welcomed a peace deal aimed at ending three years of conflict in the Sudan.
International Development Secretary Hilary Benn welcomed the "historic" agreement.
Mr Benn announced an additional GBP 9m (USD 17m) to the United Nations' common humanitarian fund for Sudan, on top of GBP 40m (USD 75m) already committed.
"This is a very significant agreement which means that the process of bringing peace to Darfur can now begin," he said.
"This is the first step towards ending the truly terrible suffering of the people of Darfur, so many of whom have lost their lives, and with a further two million people forced from their homes.
"The real challenge now is to turn the agreement into peace and a better life for the people of Darfur. The UK will play its full part in helping to make this happen."
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May 6 2006 BBC UK welcomes peace deal in Sudan - "This is the first step towards ending the truly terrible suffering of the people of Darfur. The real challenge now is to turn the agreement into peace and a better life for the people of Darfur" - Hilary Benn, UK International development secretary.
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Irish government welcomes Darfur peace deal
Irish Independent, Ireland - May 5, 2006 - The Government has welcomed the new peace deal aimed at ending the conflict in Darfur.