Darfur peace talks 'too slow'

THE world is running out of patience with peace negotiators in Darfur and the Sudan government needs to do more to fulfil its promises, Hilary Benn, the UK minister for international development, said yesterday.

The United States calls the rape, killing and looting in Darfur genocide, a charge the Sudan government rejects. But the conflict, entering its fourth year, has killed tens of thousands and forced more than two million into refugee camps.

Mr Benn, visiting Sudan, warned the funds donated by the international community to support one of the world's largest aid operations in Darfur would not last forever.

He also announced a further 40 million in aid for Sudan.