3 November 2008
KHARTOUM - Sudan has made progress in easing the way for a quicker deployment of United Nations-led peacekeeping forces in the troubled Darfur region, the U.S.'s top diplomat for Africa said today.
The government has increasingly been providing entry visas for peacekeepers and has shown a ``greater flexibility'' to support their mission, Jendayi Frazer, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, told journalists in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
``There's been important progress, even since September,'' Frazer said after meetings with Salva Kiir, president of Southern Sudan, Vice President Ali Osman Taha and Foreign Minister Deng Alor. ``We've had about a new 700 or so both military and police units on the ground in Darfur.''