Russia’s No Vote on UN Resolution, AU Told to Get Out By Sudan

04 Sep

Russia criticises “hasty” UN resolution on Darfur


ADDIS ABABA – Russia criticised on Monday a U.N. resolution that called for more than 20,000 U.N. troops to take over from African Union (AU) peacekeepers struggling to end the violence that has ravaged Sudan’s western Darfur region….

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the U.S and British-backed resolution was drawn up without proper consultations with the Khartoum government, which has argued that the U.N. mandate’s goal was “regime change”…

Russia, along with China and Qatar, abstained from voting at the U.N. Security Council on the resolution to create a U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur last Thursday…


Sudan says AU can stay in Darfur but not under UN

Opheera McDoom, REUTERS, SEPT. 4

 KHARTOUM  – Sudan will allow African Union troops to remain in its turbulent Darfur region but only if their AU mandate was extended beyond September 30 and not as part of a U.N. force, a presidential adviser said on Monday.

Sudan raised alarms that its turbulent west could descend into full-blown war after a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Sunday AU troops monitoring a shaky ceasefire must leave when their mandate expired. The spokesman called the decision final…

Presidential Adviser Mustafa Osman Ismail said the government was responding to the AU’s stated position that it could not sustain its 7,000 troops in Darfur beyond its mandate…


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Posted by on September 4, 2006 in Africa, Bookmarks, News and Info


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