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Darfur Peace Accord A Battle of Its Own

As the midnight deadline approached last Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick finally lost patience. After three days of intensive talks, the leader of the largest Darfur rebel faction, Minni Minnawi, had earlier that evening privately pledged to Zoellick to support a peace agreement. Now he announced he opposed it, in full view of African leaders and international mediators at the presidential villa. “I’m disappointed in you. I expect people to keep their word,” Zoellick icily told Minnawi, according to observers. “I can be a very good friend, but I am a fearsome enemy.” Full Story

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