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Sudan willing to re-consider UN initiative on Darfur

Posted by African Press International on March 31, 2007

Khartoum (Sudan) Sudan has agreed to review the overall package proposed by the United Nations for easing violence in Darfur, the minister of state for foreign affairs said on Friday.

Ali Karti said that the agreement announced at an Arab summit in Saudi Arabia on Thursday now opens discussions on the Security Council resolution 1706 authorizing the deployment of UN troops in Darfur, where African Union (AU) troops have had little impact.

Resolution 1706 calls for 22,500 UN troops and police officers to support the 7,000-strong AU force in Sudan.

“This is a breakthrough because we have agreed to sit down and discuss the mandates in 1706,” Karti told APA in an interview.

“We are open to sitting down and discussing the overall package in Darfur, not just UN troops but everything,” he said, added that the review would include a “heavy support package” such as planes.

In the past President Omar Hassan al-Bashir Bashir has rejected the UN resolution as an attempt to restore colonial rule but welcomed the world body’s support for the ill-equipped AU force.

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said at the Arab summit in Riyadh that Sudan has agreed to allow UN logistical support to help the AU mission.

He described it “a breakthrough that never happened before” and expressed hope it would lead to an immediate solution to the humanitarian tragedy in western Sudan.

The announcement came after Bashir met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Arab League chief Amr Moussa, Saudi King Abdullah and Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, who heads the East African body, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development.

 

Published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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