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2006-06-23 07:41:51

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - In a rebel camp along the barren, windswept border between Sudan and Chad, dozens of trucks packed with dreadlocked fighters manning heavy machine guns are lined up. Piled up behind them are ammunition boxes, covered in Chinese symbols -- it's impossible to know exactly where the bullets in the boxes came from but they offer a glimpse of the complex and circuitous routes of the global arms trade. United Nations investigators have found most of...

2006-06-22 09:07:43

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Thursday that he hoped Sudan would soon accept U.N. peacekeepers in Darfur and called Khartoum's continuing refusal "incomprehensible." Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir told visiting South African President Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday that U.N. troops were out of the question and suggested a "colonial" agenda in demands they be allowed to deploy. "No-one, and least of all the United Nations, is...

2006-06-20 11:38:55

By Noel King KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan told visiting South African President Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday that it was out of the question for U.N. troops to deploy in the troubled Darfur region of western Sudan to replace an African Union (AU) force there. Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir told a joint news conference with Mbeki that U.N. forces were unacceptable because they would come to Sudan with colonial and imperial ambitions. The United States and the United Nations have...

2006-06-20 07:31:25

By Noel King KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ruled out letting U.N. troops into the Darfur region, saying he would not permit such a deployment as long as he was in power, the state news agency said on Tuesday. South African President Thabo Mbeki, who arrived in Khartoum on Tuesday, is expected to keep up the pressure on Khartoum to approve a U.N. peacekeeping contingent in the western region, where African Union forces have failed to end the conflict...

2006-06-15 06:51:23

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan said on Thursday the International Criminal Court did not have jurisdiction over crimes in the violent Darfur region and no officials would be interrogated by the court. ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo said he expected to file charges for atrocities in the remote west, where the court had found documentation of mass murders and rapes, adding Sudan's courts were not tackling the same crimes as the ICC. "If they are here to discuss...

2006-06-14 17:47:17

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said on Wednesday he expects to file a series of charges of atrocities against civilians in Sudan's Darfur region but gave no timetable. His office had gathered evidence of thousands of killings of civilians -- including "a significant number of large-scale massacres" -- and hundreds of rapes, Luis Moreno Ocampo told the U.N. Security Council. He also outlined significant obstacles to...

2006-06-12 07:20:05

By Opheera McDoom KUTUM, Sudan (Reuters) - For African Union forces in violent Darfur, life is tough. They tread a thin line between suspicious parties to the conflict, salaries are paid late, and they live in one of the world's harshest climates. For more than three years, Sudan's remote west has been in the throes of a revolt which has forced 2.5 million people from their homes and killed tens of thousands. Rape, murder and pillage continue in violence the United States calls...

2006-06-10 09:27:55

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Senior United Nations and African Union officials opened unprecedented talks in Khartoum on Saturday, part of a long and painstaking process to convince the government to accept UN peacekeeping troops in Darfur. An ill-equipped 7,000-strong AU mission is monitoring a shaky truce in Sudan's remote west. Unable to prevent attacks and running out of cash, they have asked for a UN takeover of the struggling mission, a move Khartoum rejects. "The...

2006-06-09 19:23:27

By Evelyn Leopold EL FASHER, Sudan (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council heard strong opposition on Friday to a robust United Nations force in Darfur and was told a recent peace pact had stoked violence within squalid camps for homeless war victims. One tribal leader even threatened a jihad, or holy war, if non-African troops came to Sudan's vast western region and the governor of North Darfur made clear his resistance to U.N. peacekeepers. "The peace agreement divided the camps...

2006-06-09 05:39:03

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A rare high-level joint U.N. and African Union team arrived in Sudan on Friday hoping to convince Khartoum to accept U.N. peacekeeping troops in Darfur and plan for their deployment. Political team members were due to hold talks with the government on Saturday while military, telecommunications and other technical experts would head to Darfur, in western Sudan, to plan for a possible deployment of U.N. troops. "We are here to work together to...