Sunday, September 03, 2006

Countdown to Sudan carnage

AT AN airstrip in the heart of Darfur, Ilyushin cargo planes fly in day after day, their holds packed with the stuff of war: troops, trucks, bombs and guns.

So far, negotiations over a proposed United Nations force to shore up the shaky peace in Darfur have limped along with no sign of compromise, and last week they appeared to stall completely.

The opposing sides in the conflict now seem headed towards a large-scale military confrontation, bringing Darfur to the edge of a new abyss.

"Unfortunately, things seem to be headed in that direction," said General Collins Ihekire, commander of the beleaguered 7,000-member African Union force that is enforcing a fragile peace agreement between the government and a single rebel group. Read more >>>

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