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02 Sep

African Union: Fighting Renewed in Sudan’s Darfur Region

In Sudan’s Darfur region, African Union officials and human rights observers say the government has begun shelling villages in volatile northern Darfur. The renewed violence follows reports of a government troop buildup in the region, sparking fears violence could escalate.

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Darfur rebels agree on UN peacekeepers

Cairo – A Darfur rebel faction which refused to join a larger rival in signing a May peace deal with the Sudanese government said on Saturday that it would nonetheless co-operate with a proposed UN peacekeeping force for the war-ravaged western region.

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said it welcomed a Security Council resolution passed on Thursday approving a UN takeover of a stretched African Union (AU) force in Darfur. “We welcome this resolution which is a victory for the people of Darfur as it will put a stop to the genocide under way,” the movement’s spokesperson Ahmed Hussein Adam told AFP by telephone from London.

The Movement will co-operate fully in the implementation of the resolution and calls on the international community, and particularly the United States, to continue efforts for a comprehensive political settlement.” ‘We welcome this resolution… a victory for the people of Darfur’ Washington insists that a clause in Resolution 1706 which stipulates that the deployment of UN peacekeepers should be “on the basis of the acceptance of the government” does not give Khartoum a veto.

But with the Sudanese government maintaining its strong opposition to the deployment, analysts say member states are unlikely to contribute the nearly 20 000 troops and police foreseen for the extension of UN peacekeeping operations to Darfur without its approval. The JEM said it remained open to peace talks with Khartoum but wanted them to go beyond the existing agreement.

“The Movement is ready to resume negotiations to iron out the failings which were not addressed in the Abuja process,” he said referring to the talks in the Nigerian capital that led to the May deal between Khartoum and the mainstream faction of the Sudan Liberation Movement. Deploying a robust UN force is seen as crucial to the success of the May agreement.

The existing under-manned and under-resourced AU force has proved unable to effectively patrol a region the size of France and halt a conflict which has left up to 300 000 people dead and 2,5 million people displaced over the past three and a half years.

Obama: Vists Darfur Victims in Refugee Camp in Chad

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2 Comments

Posted by on September 2, 2006 in Bookmarks

 

2 responses to “Weekend links on Darfur.

  1. jm

    September 3, 2006 at 12:55 am

    At least Obama went.

    Playing politics with your own people pretty much says it all about the Sundan.

     
  2. Rosemary

    September 4, 2006 at 1:52 am

    I’ve been watching this for over 3 years. The JEM said this back in May, but I guess no one was paying attention. As usual. I’m grateful that President Bush and Ambassador Bolton are sticking to their ‘guns’ so to speak.

    This genocide needs to stop. It needs to stop NOW. Are you going to the Sept. 17th rally in NY near the UN this year? They are also having a meeting on the 5th, and one in DC on the 9th. If you would like the info, my site is Causes of Interet. Have a good day.

     

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