President Hu Jintao yesterday called on the international community to "seize
the favorable opportunity" to solve the Darfur issue.
He made the remarks while meeting Sudanese First Vice-President Salva Kiir
Mayardit in Beijing.
Hu urged greater international efforts to help the Sudanese government
improve the humanitarian and security situation in the Darfur region.
"China will continue to play a constructive role," he said.
Hu said China appreciated efforts made by the northern and southern regions
of Sudan to implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which was signed in
2005 between the Sudanese government and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation
will firmly support Sudan's comprehensive peace process, and contribute to
stability and development in Sudan, Hu said.
He welcomed the agreement reached among the Sudanese government, the United
Nations and the African Union on sending a hybrid force to the Darfur region.
"Facts show that the trilateral talks are an effective mechanism to solve the
Darfur issue," said Hu.
Kiir said the Sudanese government is committed to a political settlement of
the Darfur issue.
He expressed gratitude to China for sending peacekeeping troops to South
Sudan, appointing a special envoy, and providing humanitarian aid.
Early next month, representatives of Sudanese government and rebel groups
will meet in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha in a bid to hammer out a deal
to end four years of conflict in Darfur.
"We hope we will succeed in bringing those on board who did not sign the
Abuja Peace Agreement in 2006," Kiir said at a news conference after his meeting
He also admitted the difficulty of bringing all rebel groups to the
"We will address the needs of different parties," Kiir said.
(China Daily 07/20/2007 page1)