Need for expediency in Darfur

17 Jun

SLM’s Minawi threatens to quit Darfur peace deal.

The only rebel leader to have endorsed the Darfur Peace Agreement threatened to pull out of the deal geared at ending three years of war if the international community does not move to support him fast. Minni Minawi Minni Minawi, who heads the Sudan Liberation Movement, was the only one of three rebellion leaders to sign the peace deal last month with the Sudanese government. "The responsibility for the peace cannot remain on my sole shoulders," Minawi said in an Associated Press interview late Friday. He warned that the peace agreement could "collapse soon" if the international community failed to send a United Nations peacekeeping force to this remote region of western Sudan. "If I don’t see support from the international community, I will return to the bush and the fighting will continue," Minawi said. He declined to specify when this could occur.

There is no doubt that with all the talk and all the extracurricular activity that has cropped up over the last few months in regard to Darfur one thing has not changed….the timeline,and that is inexusable. The poor excuse for a United Nations is just that in regard to Darfar. The lip service paid to Darfur over the last few months was just that as it appears for all intents and purposes that. While the International Criminal Courts gets the paperwork in order, ( always such a time cosuming thing to do you know), and it only substantiates things with things we already know -and have known for a very long time.

The Chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court says it has documented the massacre and rape of thousands of civilians in Darfur. Investigators found evidence of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity in the war-torn Sudanese province, Luis Moreno Ocampo said in a report submitted to the U.N. Security Council. Singled out According to witnesses, three ethnic groups — the relatively dark-skinned Fur, Massalit and Zaghawa — have been singled out by forces loyal to the Khartoum Government. The report said: “In most of the incidents … there are eyewitness accounts that the perpetrators made statements reinforcing the targeted nature of the attacks, such as `We will kill all the black' and `We will drive you out of this land'.'' Tribes in the western province rebelled in 2003, provoking a crackdown by the Sudanese military and a pro-government Arab militia known as the Janjaweed. Two million persons have been displaced and more than 180,000 killed.

Time is wasting, children are dying, starving and women continue to be victimed by rape as an act of war. The time for action is long past due.

The UN Security Council and a final betrayal of Darfur.

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Posted by on June 17, 2006 in Bookmarks, opinion, The Sudan


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