Mon Sep 4th, 2006 at 09:36:02 AM EST
Sudan says the African Union (AU) force that is trying to keep the peace in Darfur must leave the country when its mandate ends later this month.
The demand comes amid growing concern about a week-old offensive by Sudanese troops in the remote western region.
A UN resolution passed last week, seeking to replace the weak AU peacekeeping force with 17,000 UN troops, was rejected by Khartoum.
The UN has warned of a new "man-made catastrophe" in war-torn Darfur.
Hundreds of thousands of people have died and millions been made homeless since 2003 in fighting between pro-government militia groups and rebels demanding greater autonomy.(BBC)
So we're down to either persuading the Sudanese government to accept a peace that they perceive to be against their interests, mounting an invasion in order to keep the peace or standing by and watching further ethnic cleansing.
An invasion would lead to all sorts of unintended consequences. Seems like the best thing we could do is secure and supply refugee camps, except that people making their way to "safe areas" would be obvious targets for ethnic cleansers.
I still don't see how military power can achieve anything here without the agreement of a government that is supporting the people causing the probelm.
Update [2006-9-4 11:2:16 by Colman]: Looks as if
the government is now saying the - largely ineffective - AU mission can stay if its mandate is extended but that the UN mission isn't welcome.