CHINA is to be allowed to deploy hundreds of troops as part of a new peacekeeping effort in Darfur despite being accused of fuelling the violence perpetrated by the Sudanese regime.
More than 300 troops will join a United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force of 26,000 next month. While Sudan sells 70 per cent of its oil to China, and Amnesty International has accused Beijing of selling military aircraft, helicopters and weapons to the Khartoum regime, China hopes that joining the mission will dispel the idea it is happy to extract the riches of poorer countries while turning a blind eye to atrocities committed by them
From Voice of America:
Violence is increasing in camps for displaced people in Darfur, where nearly a quarter million people have been displaced so far this year, a U.N. report said on Monday.
The United Nations said rising violence in the overcrowded camps of the remote region of western Sudan was making it harder to carry out humanitarian aid work to help the thousands of newcomers arriving each week.
“Over 240,000 people have been newly displaced or re-displaced during 2007,” the U.N. report said. “In many IDP (internally displaced people) camps, armed elements are present, and violent incidents are increasing.”
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, says she sees little cause for optimism in the unfolding tragedy in Darfur. But she says recent, more vigorous efforts to find a political solution to the four-and-one-half year old conflict is giving rise to an element of hope. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from Geneva.