Thursday, April 15, 2004

African Union: readying to send military observers to Sudan-Darfur

The director of peace and security for the African Union, Sam Ibok, says a small reconnaissance team is scheduled to travel to western Sudan at the end of the week to assess the security in the troubled region.

If all goes well, Mr. Ibok says, unarmed military observers from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Namibia could be in Darfur by the end of next week.

... "We are trying to bring together the U.S., the EU [European Union], the U.N. and others in a meeting here in Addis Ababa on Monday," he added, "which will look at the logistics and technical aspects of the deployment." (link)