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Plan to halt Darfur bloodshed; MEETING.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French president Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday launched a fresh bid to halt the bloodshed in Darfur - offering to go together to the region if a ceasefire can be agreed.

Mr Brown and Mr Sarkozy unveiled their joint plan after talks in Paris yesterday morning.

They also announced that Foreign Secretary David Miliband and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner will go to the United Nations in New York where the countries will table a joint resolution setting out a framework to end the conflict.

Mr Brown also held out the prospect of a big cash regeneration programme for Sudan, if the killing - which has claimed an estimated 200,000 lives and created two million refugees - is brought to an end.

Mr Brown told reporters: "People will rightly ask us in the generations to come whether we were prepared to take the action that was necessary and to make sure that we work as hard as we can to work for a peaceful resolution in that country."
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Date:Jul 21, 2007
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