Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Sudan/Darfur: AU considering "full-fledged peacekeeping mission"

The following is from a communiqué issued yesterday by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.
Requests the Chairperson of the Commission to prepare and submit to it [the Peace and Security Council], for consideration, a comprehensive plan on how best to enhance the effectiveness of the AU Mission on the ground, including the possibility of transforming the said Mission into a full-fledged peacekeeping mission, with the requisite mandate and size, to ensure the effective implementation of the Cease fire Agreement, with particular emphasis on the disarmament and the neutralization of the Janjaweed militia, the protection of the civilian population and the facilitation of the delivery of the humanitarian assistance ... (source)
By the end of this month, the African Union will have some 300 troops on the ground in Darfur to protect its 96 cease-fire observers. See the following posts for more ...

  • African Union: dealing with Darfur
  • Sudan/Darfur: AU monitors say Janjaweed burned some people alive