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EU Panel Chief Calls for Cooperation on Darfur

October 02, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

The head of the European Commission urged Sudan's president to help the African Union keep peace in the troubled Darfur region and end the obstacles hampering the work of humanitarian groups there.

On a visit to the war-torn region, commission President Jose Manuel Barroso also announced a pledge of more than $50 million in aid from Europe.

About 200,000 people have died and 2 million have been displaced since the 2003 start of a revolt by rebels from Darfur's black African population.

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