Thursday, September 07, 2006

French FM: 'real question' whether to deploy U.N. force to Darfur despite Sudan opposition

PARIS France's foreign minister said Thursday it's a "real question" whether the United Nations should send a force into Darfur — even in the face of resistance by Sudan's government.

Philippe Douste-Blazy said he planned to visit the troubled region and meet with Sudanese officials soon, in hopes of finding a diplomatic solution to end years of deadly violence in Darfur.

He urged Sudanese authorities to accept a U.N. force for Darfur, which was called for in a Security Council resolution passed last week. It was quickly rejected by Khartoum.

"Do we go there, in spite of them?" Douste-Blazy told a news conference. "That's not on the table, nobody has asked the question like that. But it's a real question." Read more >>>

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