Drnovsek and Prince Albert II agree on resolving Darfur crisis - JEM leader still in Slovenia?
Photo: Leader of Darfur's Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Khalil Ibrahim speaks during a meeting with Slovenia's President Janez Drnovsek in the Presidential Palace in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Wednesday, May, 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Denis Sarkic)
Photo: Slovenia's President Janez Drnovsek, the head negotiator of Darfur's Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Ahmed Tugod Lissan, JEM meber Abdulahi Osman El-Tom, and the leader of Sudan's Democratic Union and former Governor of Darfur Ahmed I. Diraige, from left to right, talk in the Presidential Palace in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Tuesday, May, 30, 2006. The meeting between Drnovsek as a mediator and representatives of the JEM will try to find a solution that would allow the rebel groups and Sudanese government to sign the a peace deal for Darfur. (AP Photo/Denis Sarkic)
I say, the story of Slovenia hosting a delegation of Darfur's JEM rebels gets stranger by the day. Slovenia's President Janez Drnovsek and Prince Albert II of Monaco on 31 May repeated their call on the need to solve the situation in Darfur, with the prince again expressing his support for Drnovsek's endeavours to bring peace to the Sudanese region, Slovenia Business Week (Slovene Press Agency STA) reported June 5, 2006 - excerpt:
The pair also agreed that cooperation between the two countries is excellent, with Drnovsek pointing out that the prince was accompanied by a strong business delegation, which discussed improving economic relations with their Slovenian counterparts.
Prince Albert also revealed his wish that Monaco open up to Mediterranean countries which are "practically my neighbours", stressing that the principality has been for the past five years active in Slovenian projects on the preservation of cultural and natural heritage.
Drnovsek added that cooperation between the two countries is a proof that even small countries can change things for the better. He also observed that Monaco is active in a variety of humanitarian activities, including the support for Slovenian missionary Pedro Opeka in Madagascar.
Prince Albert also commented on gaming, explaining that the industry has had a long history in the principality and never caused excessive problems.
Photo: Head negotiator of Darfur's Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Ahmed Tugod Lissan, JEM leadership member Abdulahi Osman El-Tom, JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim and Slovenian President Janez Drnovsek, from left, talk during their meeting in the Presidential Palace in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Wednesday, May, 31, 2006. (AP Photo/Denis Sarkic)
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