Darfur ceasefire announcement
Plus escalating violence in Afghanistan, the Hamas-Fatah rift and director Ridley Scott.
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2008 10:25 GMT

Sir David Frost talks to Sudanese Ambassador to the UK, Omer  Siddig and Tahir El-Faki of the JEM rebel group about the latest developments relating to the conflict in Darfur [AFP]

In this episode of Frost over the World, Sir David Frost discusses the announcement by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir of an immediate ceasefire in the Darfur region of western Sudan, where up to 300,000 people have died and more than two million have fled their homes during the past five years. The two main rebel groups have both rejected the move, saying it is just empty rhetoric and that President Bashir is not committed to peace.

Sir David also discusses the demands of many people for a change of policy in Afghanistan with Rangin Dadfar Spanta, the country's foreign minister, plus talks to Ridley Scott about his illustrious film directing career, and talks politics and political factions with Omar Abdel-Razeq, the Palestinian finance minister, and discusses with economist Linda Yueh the options facing G20 world leaders as they gather together to address the global financial crisis at a summit in Washington DC.

This episode of Frost over the World aired from Friday, November 14, 2008

Omer Mohamed Ahmed Siddig and Tahir El-Faki


In an Al Jazeera exclusive, Sir David is joined by both sides of the conflict – from the government side Sudanese Ambassador to the UK, Omer Mohamed Ahmed Siddig and from the JEM rebel group, Dr Tahir El-Faki.

Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Afghan foreign minister


The violence in Afghanistan continues to escalate amid the bloodiest year since the US-led invasion in 2001, with suicide bombings and an acid attack on young girls making their way to school. Sir David asks the Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta whether he believes there can be a military solution to the current situation in Afghanistan.

Ridley Scott, film director


Sir David met up with legendary film director Ridley Scott who was in the UK to promote his new film Body of Lies, starring Leonardo di Caprio and Russell Crowe, an action-packed movie centred on US intelligence operations in the Middle East. Scott made four of the biggest box office hits of all time: Blade Runner, Alien, Gladiator and Hannibal, and also Thelma and Louise and Black Hawk Down.

Omar Abdel-Razeq and Linda Yueh


Sir David asks Palestinian finance minister Omar Abdel-Razeq if the Hamas-Fatah rift can be mended and what a divided Palestine would mean for the peace process.

Sir David talks to Linda Yueh, an economist from Oxford University, as representatives of the G20 leading countries meet in Washington DC to seek a solution to the global economic crisis.

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