Fri Nov 17th, 2006 at 09:56:06 AM EST
The BBC is reporting that Sudan has come to an agreement "in principle" with the UN on accepting "help" in Darfur.
BBC East Africa correspondent Adam Mynott says the UN is still insisting that it takes command and control of the peacekeeping mission.
Mr Bashir, however, stressed the UN's "assistance... to the AU mission".
"The government of Sudan welcomes all financial, material, logistic or technical assistance from the UN in order to strengthen the AU mission in Darfur," he told state TV.
"We reiterate our commitment to fully co-operate with the AU, the UN and the international community to implement the Darfur peace agreement."
I rather fear that this simply means that either the Khartoum government has achieved most of their aims or that they believe they are in danger of losing control of the situation in Darfur to other forces and want UN protection. We'll see, I guess.