Home | News    Saturday 25 February 2006

US alone in push for UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

Feb 24, 2006 (UNITED NATIONS) — The U.S. is pushing to establish a U.N. peacekeeping force in Sudan’s conflict-wracked Darfur region by the end of February but faces opposition from the rest of the Security Council, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said.

JPEG - 6.8 kb
John Bolton

"Our view is that the deteriorating security situation in Darfur requires us to move forward," he said Thursday. "There’s not a lot of enthusiasm for it from anybody else on the council."

Bolton expressed frustration Monday with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and U.N. officials over the pace of preparation for the mission, which would replace 7,000 African Union troops. He also said African and Arab diplomats on the Security Council needed to move more quickly.

But after a meeting with Annan Thursday on military, logistical and political planning for the Sudan mission, which he called "very helpful," Bolton said it was the 14 other council members who were holding up action because neither the A.U. nor the Sudanese government had signed off on it.

Bolton, who holds the Security Council presidency this month, has scheduled a meeting Monday to discuss a report on sanctions against Sudan.

Last month, the top U.N. envoy in Sudan, Jan Pronk, and A.U. envoy Salim Ahmed Salim, who is trying to mediate peace talks to end the Darfur conflict, urged the council to impose sanctions on those holding up the peace process - which it has already authorized - to put pressure on the parties to move the negotiations forward.

"We think it’s right for the council to make some decisions on sanctions," Bolton said. "Right now, we’re probably farther out front in advocating that than any of the council members and so be it. We’re going to keep pressing on that. We’ll see what we can do next week."

The Security Council on Feb. 3 called on the U.N. to start planning to take over peacekeeping in Darfur. Annan has urged major powers to take part, saying an expanded force will need the kind of assets only a highly capable military can provide.

On Feb. 17, U.S. President George W. Bush backed a larger force for Darfur, where an estimated 180,000 people have died since early 2003 when decades of tribal clashes over land and water erupted into large-scale violence. It was Bush’s strongest statement of support yet for an expanded international role in Darfur.

He said that a new mission in Darfur will require "probably double" the current number of international peacekeepers and a coordinating role for NATO.

The African Union has agreed in principle to hand over peacekeeping to the U.N., but a final decision isn’t expected until March 3.

Bolton said he wasn’t troubled by being the only council member pushing for a resolution to establish a U.N. force this month.

"We’re going to work to gather additional support on the council," he said. "We’re also working on speeding up the A.U. decision."

As for approval from the Sudanese government, which does not want Western troops patrolling its territory, Bolton said, "I am confident sweet reason will prevail ... in Khartoum."

"I want it to prevail sooner rather than later," he said.

(ST/AP)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


“The Nile: Shared River, Collective Action” 2018-02-22 08:06:26 By Dr. Eng. Seleshi Bekele Ethiopia is hosting the 2018 Regional Nile Day Celebration in commemoration of the establishment of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) on February 22, 1999 in Dar es (...)

James Dak’s case:: Why death sentence should be canceled 2018-02-19 14:27:34 By Peter Gai Manyuon On Monday 12th of February 2018, a South Sudan court in Juba sentenced James Gatdet Dak to death by hanging, citing several provisions in the constitution as the basis upon (...)

The Position of the SPLM-N on Relief Delivery Same Wine, Old Bottles! 2018-02-18 06:50:42 By Elwathig Kameir On January 19, 2017, I published an article titled “Armed Struggle and Civil Resistance in Sudan: Catch 22,” from which I quote the following opening paragraphs (from i to iii): (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Petition for release of Agou John Wuoi from prison 2018-02-15 20:45:31 Open letter to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Your Excellency, Kindly please permit me to take this rare opportunity to appreciate you for every effort you have made toward making South Sudan (...)

AUHIP Communiqué on Sudan & SPLM-N talks for cessation of hostilities agreement 2018-02-05 13:04:16 African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan Joint Statement on Unilateral Ceasefire, Cessation of Hostilities and Completion of Negotiations 1) With the facilitation (...)

South Sudanese rights group call to release political detainees 2017-12-10 07:50:31 THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: 10 DECEMBER 2017: SSHURSA CALLS ON ALL TO ACTION FOR SOUTH SUDANESE The 10 December usually marks the international human rights day. SSHURSA notes with (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.