Saturday, September 30, 2006

EU's Barroso heads to Sudan to press U.N. mission

By Ingrid Melander

BRUSSELS, Sept 29 (Reuters) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and a top EU aid official will go to Sudan this weekend to try to convince Khartoum to allow U.N. peacekeepers into Darfur.

Fighting between militias, government forces and rebel groups in Darfur has killed an estimated 200,000 people and displaced 2.5 million others since early 2003. A 7,000-strong African Union force has been unable to stop the violence.

The Sudanese government has repeatedly rebuffed a United Nations offer to send 22,000 U.N. peacekeepers to replace the AU force, whose mission has been extended until Dec. 31, 2006. Read more >>>

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