Friday, February 03, 2006

African Union may pull troops from Darfur

Published February 3, 2006

The African Union says violence is worsening in Sudan's western Darfur region and it may have to withdraw troops for lack of funds.

The United States wants the United Nations to take control of the Darfur peacekeeping force, the BBC said.

The head of the AU Sudan peacekeeping mission, Baba Gana Kingibe, blamed intertribal fighting, Arab militias and "opportunistic bandits" for the escalation in violence. He urged the government to take immediate steps to disarm the militias.

He said there were fewer confrontations between the three main parties involved in peace talks -- the government and the two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality Movement.

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