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2006-07-18 02:31:39

By Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS (Reuters) - World powers will press Sudan on Tuesday to accept a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur to replace an African Union force that has been unable to stem the violence. Sudan is set to reject the move once more. The United Nations and aid agencies will also press donors at talks in Brussels between U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the EU, the United States, and Sudan to finance the AU force for a few more months before a transition to...

2006-07-17 05:59:00

By Mohammed Abbas KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sharp differences emerged on Monday between Sudan and the international community over the purpose of an upcoming conference world powers say is aimed at pushing for a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur. A draft pre-conference EU declaration obtained by Reuters said the European Union, the United States and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will urge Sudan to allow a U.N. mission into Darfur to replace an African Union (AU) force that...

2006-07-16 13:13:55

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Sudan should be pressured into accepting foreign peacekeepers from Muslim countries to help stem bloodshed in its troubled Darfur region, former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Sunday. Sudan has refused to accept a U.N. peacekeeping mission to replace the 7,000 underfunded African Union (AU) peacekeepers currently in Darfur. Sudan has likened the proposed U.N. mission to a Western invasion. "Sudan should be pressured to accept...

2006-07-14 06:04:20

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - World powers will next week press Sudan to accept a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur amid reports of increasing violence in the province. Tens of thousands have been killed and 2.5 million people forced into camps during three years of rape, murder and pillage in Darfur, in lawless western Sudan. A conference in Brussels on Tuesday attended by the European Union, the United States and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will urge Sudan to allow a U.N....

2006-07-06 10:26:30

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - The top U.N. envoy in Sudan on Thursday said violence in Darfur had escalated after a May peace deal and violations of the accord had been ignored. U.N. special envoy Jan Pronk also renewed his call for additions to the May 5 agreement, such as international security guarantees and greater compensation for war victims, despite recent objections from the Sudanese Foreign Ministry. "You can compare this situation ... I would say to March, February, before we had...

2006-07-03 08:47:35

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A new alliance of Darfur rebel commanders and political parties have attacked a town on the road to the capital Khartoum, declaring a 27-month-old truce dead, rebels and officials said on Monday. One of three rebel factions signed an African Union-mediated peace deal in May but since then new alliances have been formed among those who reject the deal, saying it does not meet their basic demands. "The forces of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) attacked a...

2006-07-02 14:53:22

By Barry Moody and Daniel Flynn BANJUL (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan failed on Sunday to persuade Sudanese leader Omar Hassan al-Bashir to allow a U.N. force into Darfur, but said he still expected it to be deployed eventually. Annan met Bashir on the fringes of an African Union summit where he called the Darfur crisis "one of the worst nightmares in recent history." He told a news conference the United Nations would work with the AU to strengthen its under-resourced...

2006-06-26 05:56:17

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - The African Union has defended a Darfur peace deal signed by the Sudanese government and one of three rebel groups in May against critics who had said the agreement contains "serious flaws." The International Crisis Group (ICG) has criticized the May 5 deal and said in a report released last week that the African Union-mediated agreement needed a robust U.N. peacekeeping force to avoid collapse in the remote region. "The International Crisis Group 'Policy...

2006-06-25 02:55:19

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has suspended the work of a U.N. mission in its violent Darfur region after accusing the world body of transporting a rebel leader who opposes a recent peace deal, a Sudanese official said on Sunday. "The suspension applies for all of Darfur and this will continue until we get an explanation," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Jamal Ibrahim. He said the ban, which excludes two bodies affiliated to the U.N. mission, the World Food Program and the U.N....

2006-06-23 20:04:46

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Friday he would try again to persuade Sudan's president to accept a U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur when they meet at an African Union summit in Gambia next week. President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Tuesday that U.N. troops were out of the question, suggested there was a "colonial" agenda behind such demands and accused Jewish organizations of pushing for their deployment. Annan said he had...


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