KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson got a bleak assessment of the deteriorating situation in Darfur as he arrived in the Sudanese capital yesterday, hoping to lay the groundwork for peace in the region.

On a 17-hour overnight flight, the former U.S. ambassador and possible presidential candidate to the United Nations worked on a plan to broker a cease-fire, continue the flow of humanitarian aide and persuade Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to allow U.N. peacekeepers.

On arrival, Cameron Hume, the top U.S. diplomat in Sudan, laid out Richardson’s challenge. “I don’t think anybody’s strategy is working,” Hume told Richardson at the airport.

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