Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Sudan: UN peacekeeping troops?

Here is an interesting story in today's Finacial Times.

Britain has asked the UN Security Council to "authorise preparations for a possible UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan".

But the interesting bit is in these last two paragraphs ...
But France this week said the UN should not rush into action before an agreement was reached [between Sudan's govt. and rebels], and the UN should not begin contingency planning before the matter was on the Security Council agenda.

Analysts said its stance could be a negotiating tactic to speed the creation of a similar mission in the Ivory Coast. British and French officials were expected to discuss the matter on Wednesday.
Peace talks between government and rebels resumed this week and people are holding out some real hope. Seems the British proposal in the Security Council is a manifestation of that hope ... and darn proactive!