George Clooney Steps Down From UN Peacekeeping Role

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April 30, 2014 | 7:31am EST

Hollywood star George Clooney has retired from his role as United Nations Messenger of Peace after six years.
The newly-engaged actor was given the role in 2008 following his work to raise awareness about violence in Darfur, Sudan. He also fought for aid for the millions of families displaced by the conflict in the country.
During his role, he traveled to Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan but the actor has now decided he cannot give enough time to promote peacekeeping efforts properly.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric says, “After six years in this role, Mr. Clooney feels it is time to retire his official role as messenger of peace. The competing demands on their time from their professional and advocacy lives sometimes make it difficult for high-profile individuals to carry out a formal United Nations role.”
He concluded by congratulating Clooney on his recent engagement to British lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

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