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UPDATED: 08:31, August 30, 2006
Norway to call international conference on Darfur
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Norway's Minister of International Development, Erik Solheim, is to call an international emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the crisis in Darfur, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported on Tuesday.

The UN Relief Coordinator, Norway's Jan Egeland, said the relief work in Darfur, which according to the United Nations is facing a new humanitarian catastrophe, is nearing a total collapse.

In a speech to the Security Council on Tuesday, he said that unless the violence in the region is stopped, and security conditions for relief workers are improved, the humanitarian operations in Darfur may break down altogether.

"This may lead to a humanitarian catastrophe with the loss of countless lives," Egeland said.

"We will discuss what to do about the situation in all of Sudan, and how we may give political support to the deployment of a UN force (in Darfur), as well as what we can do to avoid the humanitarian catastrophe we see emerging in Darfur," Development Minister Solheim said to NRK Radio.

Source: Xinhua

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