Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Sudan: No forces U.N. or otherwise in Darfur.

Africa: Well this diplomacy business using the United Nations is going along nicely.

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan's president vowed today never to allow U.N. peacekeepers into Darfur and said he would lead the "resistance" against any foreign force, his strongest rejection yet of the United Nations plan for halting violence in the war-torn region. Omar al-Bashir's comments were likely to escalate tensions with the United Nations, coming as a joint U.N. and African Union team was in Sudan to plan for deployment of a possible peacekeeping force. "This shall never take place," al-Bashir said at a news conference alongside South African President Thabo Mbeki. "These are colonial forces and we will not accept colonial forces coming into the country. "They want to colonize Africa, starting with the first sub-Saharan country to gain its independence. If they want to start colonization in Africa, let them chose a different place." U.N. officials want to send a beefed-up peacekeeping force to replace 7,000 African Union soldiers that have largely been unable to stop the fighting in Darfur.
They know they have China and Russia on their side, the Muslim nations within the UN will side with them. They fear nothing. At best they will allow African Union troops who are ineffective even if you bump up the funding as the article indicates.

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