20 September, 2006

Perspective: Darfur

U.N. report - early 2005:

The government of Sudan and militias have acted together in committing widespread atrocities in Darfur that should be prosecuted by an international war crimes tribunal, but the violent acts do not amount to genocide, a U.N. commission has said.

The African Union's response:

"The African Union has announced that it will extend the mandate of its peacekeeping forces in Darfur through the end of the year, ensuring that international troops will remain in the war-torn Sudanese province for now."

Omar Hassan El' Bashir, at the last UN General Assembly:

"It is very clear there is a plan to redraw the region especially after the invasion of Iraq,” Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Sudan's president, said on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly session."The main purpose [of this plan] is the security of Israel. Any state in the region should be weakened, dismembered in order to protect the Israelis, to guarantee the Israeli security."

The Arab League at the last UN General Assembly:

"The Arab League here Sunday called on the UN Security Council to postpone its meeting on Darfur, slated for next week in New York, and give Sudan more time to improve situation in the country's western region. AL Secretary General Amr Moussa and eight Arab foreign ministers made the call in a joint statement, after their special meeting on Sudan, reported Egypt's official MENA news agency. The statement reiterated support for the Khartoum Arab Summit resolution, which stipulated that sending any international force to Darfur required the approval of the Sudanese government in advance."

Kofi Annan, in his final address to the Assembly’s general debate before he completes his term at the end of this year:

"The greatest problem is in the Sudanese region of Darfur, where the widespread murder, rape, displacement and destruction of homes 'makes a mockery of our claim, as an international community, to shield people from the worstabuses.'"

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