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George Clooney granted audience with Obama

world Updated: Feb 22, 2009 12:25 IST

Actor George Clooney has been granted a private meeting with US President Barack Obama later this week to discuss the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Clooney, a United Nations messenger of peace, will ask Obama to help end a long and bloody conflict which is thought to have killed millions of innocent refugees, reports

The actor, currently touring the neighbouring African nation of Chad, said: "We want him (Obama) to appoint a high-level, full-time diplomat to negotiate and work hard every day for a peace treaty."

Clooney notes that the situation in Darfur has not improved since he first visited the region in 2006.

He adds: “I was here three years ago and in some ways there’s not a whole lot of difference. It’s sort of status quo. The problem is that the status quo is unacceptable.”