Thursday, June 03, 2004

Sudan: UN peackeepers?

Britain introduced a Security Council resolution Wednesday that would give a green light for the United Nations to begin preparing for a peacekeeping operation in Sudan.

... [Secretary-General Kofi Annan] He is expected to submit a report to the Security Council this week outlining possible U.N. contributions to the effort.

U.S. Deputy Ambassador Stuart Holliday said he expects the Security Council to adopt the resolution Friday or Monday. (link)
I assume the peacekeepers would be monitoring the North/South ceasefire and wouldn't have anything to do with Darfur.

UPDATE: The Security Council unanimously endorsed the resolution 1547 on June 11. Note that the bulk of the resolution has to do with the Naivasha Agreement which ended the civil war in the south.
"About a third of the council thought the resolution should just concentrate on the peace process [in the south], while the remaining two-thirds thought it should cover the peace process and the situation in Darfur," said Sir Emyr Jones Parry, British ambassador to the United Nations.

Pakistan, China and Algeria -- the Arab member on the Security Council -- are the countries with ties to Sudan "who did not want Darfur discussed at all," a Security Council source told CNN.
The text of resolution 1547 has this to say about Darfur:
[...] calls upon the parties to use their influence to bring an immediate halt to the fighting in the Darfur region, in the Upper Nile and elsewhere, urges the parties to the Ndjamena Ceasefire Agreement of 8 April 2004 to conclude a political agreement without delay, welcomes African Union efforts to that end, and calls on the international community to be prepared for constant engagement including extensive funding in support of peace in Sudan;