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Monday, February 13, 2006

Bush and Annan Agree to Larger Force in Sudan

From the Washington Post:

President Bush and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan agreed on the need for a bigger, more mobile peacekeeping force in Sudan's troubled Darfur region during a White House meeting yesterday, but Annan made no specific requests for U.S. military help.
Speaking to reporters after the Oval Office session, Annan said it is premature to ask for more than a general commitment from the United States until the United Nations determines what it needs for the planned peacekeeping force in Darfur...The United Nations is making plans to send as many as 20,000 troops to help stabilize the huge Darfur region, where about 7,000 peacekeepers from the African Union have been struggling to end the bloodshed being inflicted on civilians by government-backed militias. Annan has said the African Union troops have been hamstrung by a lack of air transport capabilities and modern communications as they have attempted to keep the peace in the region, which is the size of France.

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--Tom Hayes


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