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U.N. reports Sudan attacks leave 1 dead
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Date : 2006-11-07 12:01:32                      Reader : 306
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We demand all mentioned above, why such selective policy for Darfur and drop out of other more dramatic crises in the world ?!

 

Google News 7/11/2006

U.N. reports Sudan attacks leave 1 dead

 

By JUSTIN BERGMAN Associated Press Writer

UNITED NATIONS — Arab nomads attacked civilians near a refugee camp in Sudan's Darfur region in recent days, killing one man and injuring several people, the U.N. said Monday.

In London, Prime Minister Tony Blair said if Sudan's government does not make progress in the next few weeks in stopping violence in Darfur and promoting peace talks, Britain, the European Union and the United States will have to find other ways to end the crisis.

The latest attacks in southern Darfur came after the U.N. issued a report Friday accusing the government-allied janjaweed militia of killing more than 50 people in raids on villages and a refugee camp in late October. The Sudanese government has denied involvement in the raids.

Violence has escalated sharply in Darfur since the government and one rebel faction signed a peace agreement in May.

The U.N. has authorized 20,000 troops to replace an under-equipped force of 7,000 African Union peacekeepers in Darfur. But Sudan has refused to allow the U.N. peacekeepers in and last month expelled U.N. envoy to Sudan, Jan Pronk.

In the latest attacks, the U.N. mission in Sudan said several armed Arab nomads in military uniform attacked and killed a farmer on Friday about two miles south of the Kalma refugee camp, which is home to about 90,000 people.

A day earlier, about 18 armed Arab nomads attacked four farmers several miles south of the camp, the U.N. mission said. On Saturday, Arab nomads attacked a group of refugees who were searching for firewood about four miles north of the camp, the mission said.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York "the displaced persons in the camps have requested more patrols by the African Union peacekeepers in Darfur."

Oliver Ulich, Sudan team leader in the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said AU troops have recently returned to the camp after pulling out earlier, but they have since been conducting only irregular patrols. He called the area "notoriously insecure."

Sudan's Foreign Ministry has said that neither the Sudanese army nor regular pro-government paramilitary groups were currently fighting rebels in Darfur, contradicting multiple reports by international observers that they were in the region.

Sudan's Arab-dominated government has long denied backing the janjaweed, a militia of Arab nomads blamed for the worst atrocities against ethnic African villagers in Darfur since 2003, when African rebels first took up arms against Khartoum. More than 200,000 people have since been killed, and 2.5 million displaced in the conflict.

Blair said Monday he had told a senior Sudanese official visiting London last month that the government in Khartoum has one last chance to move toward ending the conflict in Darfur, or it will face international isolation.

Blair said he conveyed that message to Salva Kiir Mayardit, Sudan's first vice president, during his visit to London on Oct. 31, and asked him to take it back to Sudan's leader.

Kiir has publicly disagreed with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir over Bashir's refusal to accept U.N. peacekeepers, one of the conditions the British government has said Sudan must accept.

Blair said he told Kiir: "There is no desire whatever to have the U.N. force take over Sudan, change the government, or bring members of the government before the International Criminal Court. ... It is a simple desire to stop the displacement of people and the death of people in Darfur, and in order to do that _ since the government of Sudan has been unable to do it _ we need an external force."

Blair said such a force could stop the violence so Sudan's government could try to bring all the parties involved into a negotiated settlement.

Blair has urged fellow European leaders to exert "maximum pressure" on Khartoum to ease fighting in Darfur.


 
 
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