Friday, September 01, 2006

Darfur conflict could spread in days -E.U. envoy

By Sami Torma

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Conflict in Sudan's Darfur region could escalate into widespread fighting within days or weeks, the European Union's special envoy said on Friday.

Another 100,000 or 200,000 people could be forced to flee their homes in the northern part of the remote province, envoy Pekka Haavisto said.

"It could be a matter of days or weeks for the conflict to escalate into a widespread military operation," Haavisto told journalists on his return from a visit to Darfur.

He said EU officials working in the area had told him the situation was getting worse. Read more >>>

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