Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sudan to Accept U.N. Peacekeepers (at last)

Sudan's government said Saturday that its peace accord with Darfur's main insurgent group allows it to welcome U.N. peacekeepers to the troubled region, as mediators worked to persuade the rest of the fractured rebel movement to join the process.





The peace agreement, reached Friday in Abuja with one branch of the Sudan Liberation Army after two years of sporadic negotiations, aims to end ethnic bloodshed that has killed at least 180,000 people in three years and left some 2 million displaced.

The suggestion that it could pave the way for a deployment of U.N. peacekeepers overturns previous rejections by Khartoum, which so far has allowed only African Union peacekeepers on the ground.

The underfunded African forces have largely been ineffective in stopping atrocities and re-establishing security, leaving tens of thousands of refugees in camps with little food or water.

Decades of low-level tribal clashes over land and water in Darfur, a vast region about the size of France, erupted into large-scale violence in early 2003 with rebels demanding regional autonomy. The government is accused of responding by unleashing Janjaweed militias upon civilians, a charge Sudan denies.

The peace deal calls for a cease-fire, disarmament of goverment-linked militias, the integration of thousands of rebel fighters into Sudan's armed forces and a protection force for civilians in the immediate aftermath of the war.

Article source (and continues) Here.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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May 07, 2006 8:12 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

Ooops Anonymous thats ended up in the void . Feel free to comment again aslong as you comply with our Posting policy

:-)

May 07, 2006 8:18 pm  
Blogger DJEB said...

Hooray for the void!

What's the score now? Something like wankers 0, void 120?

May 08, 2006 3:08 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

Better late than never. It is pretty sad a celebrity can do more for a war torn region than say a President.

-Hype

May 08, 2006 4:59 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

LOL Djeb , there is no doubt the void is winning, the wankers just cant seem to stay on the field ....

Hype , Yes finally things are starting to move ... if only Sudan had a quarter of the worlds oil under the soil eh ......

May 08, 2006 6:18 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

'if only Sudan had a quarter of the worlds oil under the soil'

the sudanese would probably suffer the same fate if they did. how sad.

-Hype

May 08, 2006 7:48 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

Thats true , wasn't thinking ... No Oil means your at least safe from the 'shock and awe' tactics of the Whitehouse.

Was assuming Dafur would have been noticed quicker but at least these way they have been noticed for the right reasons , just way way way too late

May 08, 2006 9:28 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

America has always been slow to respond.

and slow to learn from past mistakes.

-Hype

May 08, 2006 10:08 pm  

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