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Asked if there were any proposals on what to do next to deal with the situation in Darfur, the PMOS said that the Foreign Secretary had made a speech about Darfur earlier this week in Nigeria in which he had urged the parties in the dispute to speed up their negotiations. He had also urged the UN to increase its role. The International Development Secretary, Hilary Benn, was also closely involved in the process and would announce details of his continuing involvement shortly.

Asked if there was any potential for British troops to be involved in a UN force in the region, the PMOS said that that was not part of the ongoing discussions. He pointed out that the African Union was in the lead in terms of troops. The Foreign Secretary had emphasised the need for more co-ordination and for the African Union to step up its efforts with the UN. Asked if the Prime Minister would agree that the African Union had failed in its mission to bring about peace in the region, the PMOS said that it was clearly a challenging and difficult mission. However, it was one that the African Union was getting to grips with. That said, as the Foreign Secretary had emphasised earlier this week, it needed to step up its efforts.

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