Darfur Won't Have Full Rations Until October, UN Says From Bloomberg.com / Canada
“We simply didn't have enough resources to continue at a full-ration level,'' said Morris in an interview late yesterday at the World Economic Forum's Middle East conference in Sharm el – Sheikh, Egypt. “We have food on the horizon that will enable us to begin a full ration again in October.'' As many as 400,000 people have been killed and 2 million displaced in Darfur since early 2003, when government-backed militias known as the Janjaweed began a violent campaign in response to rebel attacks. The UN has described the conflict in Darfur as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and U.S. President George W. Bush has said genocide is taking place. Bush on May 8 pledged to send another 40,000 metric tons of food to Sudan. Darfur needs almost 50,000 tons a month in food aid, according to WFP. New Pledges New pledges from other countries, such as Denmark and Canada, mean that the WFP has raised $313 million toward its target for the year, Morris said. Sudan's government also donated 20,000 tons out of its own reserves, though it wasn't able to pay transportation and storage costs, he said. It can take up to five months to translate commitments to food on the ground.
But Sudan: Govt Welcomes UN Officials Sent for Talks On Darfur Force – UN Mission UN News Service (New York) May 22, 2006
A UN spokesman in New York said today that the Sudanese Government has still not consented to the deployment of an assessment team to Darfur. The Secretary-General's Special Envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, and the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hédi Annabi, were dispatched to the Sudanese capital for intensified talks on the issue after the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on 16 May under Chapter VII of the Charter, which allows for enforcement measures, calling for such a team to be deployed within a week. "This dialogue will continue and will obviously intensify with Mr. Brahimi's and Mr. Annabi's presence in Khartoum towards the end of the week," Mr. Dujarric told reporters in New York in response to questions.
Yet again – from Africa News – African Union concerned about janjaweed 'massing' in Sudan's Darfur.
Khartoum(dpa) – The African Union said Monday that it is concerned about a massing of the Arab militias known as janjaweed near the town of Kutum in northern Darfur, just a day ahead of a planned visit by former UN envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi. 'The AU patrol saw a massing of about 1,000 Arab militia for about two days now,' Moussa Hamani, spokesman for the African Union Mission in Sudan told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa from Khartoum. Janjaweed militias are responsible for much of the destruction in Sudan's western region, following a three-year campaign of rape, murder and looting. Hamani denied reports of a recent upsurge in violence in Darfur, saying 'the situation is calm', and adding that the AU was closely monitering the situation. But UN spokesman Bahaa Elkhoussy told dpa that the United Nations had received 'unconfirmed reports' of an increase in violence in recent days. According to news reports, Sudanese rebels Sunday charged that the Sudanese government violated a ceasefire agreement following the May 5 peace deal signed between Khartoum and the largest faction of the rebel Sudan Liberation Army, led by Minni Arcu Minnawi. Rebels say the government attacked their positions in northern Darfur while the government says it is undertaking a campaign to flush out 'bandits.' And the pressure has intensified for Sudan to accept a United Nations peacekeeping force in Darfur. Meanwhile, Lakhdar Brahimi was expected in Khartoum Tuesday with the intent of persuading Sudan to clear the way for a UN military assessment team for Darfur ahead of a UN force in the region. Sudan has previously taken a hard-line position, but has in recent days indicated that it might accept a UN force in Darfur. At least 180,000 people have died and some two million more have been displaced since Darfuri rebels attacked government positions some three years ago, complaining that the remote area remained undeveloped because of political and economic marginalization. The government is charged with arming militias known as Janjaweed to crush the rebellion.
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