The situation in Darfur is of grave concern. The UN estimates that over 1.2m people have been displaced within Darfur, and a further 180,000 have fled to Eastern Chad. There are disturbing reports of continuing attacks by rebels and the Janjaweed militia, prompting the international community to repeatedly call for both sides to fully respect the cease-fire and begin political talks. Urgent action is required by the international community.
Gareth Thomas, UK International Development Minister today signalled a major boost in the UK's commitment to tackling AIDS when the Prime Minister launches the government's new AIDS strategy next week.