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Clooney in Downing Street visit

Gordon Brown and George Clooney
Mr Brown praised Mr Clooney's leadership on Darfur

Hollywood actor and director George Clooney has visited Downing Street to discuss the Darfur crisis with Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The star, who is a UN "messenger of peace", said a "wonderful suggestion" for buying peacekeeping helicopters had been made at the meeting.

Mr Brown said the situation in Darfur, part of Sudan, was "unacceptable" and praised Mr Clooney's "leadership".

The 46-year-old star is in London for the premiere of his film Leatherheads.

During his visit Mr Clooney, an Oscar-winner, posed for pictures with Mr Brown and his wife Sarah Brown.

'Security'

Speaking later to reporters at London's Dorchester Hotel, he said a "wonderful suggestion" had been made at the meeting about a fund which could involve leasing or buying helicopters "to create some security".

Mr Clooney added that it had been mooted London could be a place where Sudanese rebel leaders hold peace talks.

Mr Brown said: "In February and March alone, fighting displaced 58,000 people.

"Humanitarian access is limited and Unamid (United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur) deployment is still too slow.

"The rebels and government continue to openly flout United Nations Security Council resolutions through attacks on civilians.

"I am grateful for the leadership George Clooney has shown in drawing attention to this crisis - this is a humanitarian tragedy of colossal proportions and the world must take note and act.

"The UK is working with the international community and others to pressure all sides to agree a ceasefire, start peace talks, and facilitate the rapid deployment of Unamid."

Clooney took up his UN role in January.



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