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EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and French president Nicolas Sarkozy are considering whether to send EU troops to Chad to protect refugees from Darfur.

French newspaper La Croix reported that the two had discussed the idea during a meeting on Thursday (12 July).

"We talked about the possibility of rapidly deploying -- in cooperation with the president of Chad -- an interim EU force that would protect refugee camps in Chad, while awaiting the deployment of a UN police force," Mr Solana was reported as saying.

The conflict between the pro-government janjaweed militia and ethnic African rebels has been ongoing for over four years in Sudan's western region of Darfur, killing over 200,000 and driving an estimated two and half million from their homes.

The EU discusses the matter at its monthly foreign minister meetings but so far has done little except to raise the prospect of sanctions.
by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:37:07 AM EST
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