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Thread #73826   Message #1492515
Posted By: CarolC
24-May-05 - 11:42 PM
Thread Name: BS: Time to re-deploy to Sudan
Subject: RE: BS: Time to re-deploy to Sudan
There are several articles about what is going on there right now in this link:

Yahoo search

This article discusses NATO's and the EU's involvement and support:

http://au.news.yahoo.com/050525/21/ugxo.html

This article discusses the African Union's decision to not allow non African Union forces on the ground in Sudan, as well as Canada's involvement and assistance:

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/cpress/20050517/ca_pr_on_wo/darfur_summit_2

Excerpt...

TRIPOLI, Libya (CP) - Seven African leaders meeting in the Libyan capital have rejected any intervention by non-African countries in Sudan's western Darfur region, and have authorized Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to carry on trying to get conflicting parties to reach a settlement.

In a statement issued at the end of the two-day meeting Tuesday, leaders of Egypt, Libya, Chad, Nigeria, Sudan, Gabon and Eritrea decided to "reject any foreign intervention in the Darfur problem, and dealing with it should be through its African framework."

In Brussels, Belgium, the African Union's president, Alpha Oumar Konare, said at NATO headquarters he was seeking logistical support but insisted that troops on the ground will be exclusively African. NATO will consider the request Wednesday.

The Sudanese ambassador to Canada has said her country would not allow Canadian troops into Darfur despite an assistance package from the minority Liberal government, announced last Thursday, that included up to 100 military advisers to help the African Union maintain peace in the war-ravaged region.

The Globe and Mail reported Tuesday that Ottawa would respect Sudan's wishes.

Paul Martin's Liberal government had proposed a $170-million assistance package for Darfur that included "an initial deployment of up to 100 Canadian military intelligence officers, strategic planners and logistics experts to assist the African Union peacekeeping operation in the region with military planning, intelligence and transport."

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, invited to the summit by Gadhafi, met with Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir on Monday in what the official Libyan news agency described as a step toward a "historic reconciliation." The two countries had accused each other of sheltering rebels their different territories.

The leaders called on other African countries to send more troops and police to reinforce the African Union's mission in Darfur and asked the international community to contribute by extending logistical support.

The African Union has about 2,400 troops and 244 civilian police trying to restore the peace in Darfur. On April 28 it voted to increase the force to 6,171 military personnel and 1,560 police by the end of September.

The seven African leaders said they would support reconciliation efforts between the people of Darfur, pay compensation and "try crime suspects in Darur according to the national judicial system."