UN envoy in Darfur to muster support for peace talks

The UN special envoy for Darfur toured the tribal heartland of the region's top rebel on Saturday, trying to draw the reluctant chief's followers into new peace talks that have stalled since October. But Jan Eliasson's effort faced firm opposition by local Fur tribesmen, hardened by what they describe as years of persecution at the hands of the Sudanese government. Most Fur tribal chiefs follow rebel leader Abdulwahid Elnur, who is boycotting the UN-brokered peace talks until a planned UN-African Union force of 26,000 deploys in the region and proves effective in ending the bloodshed.