In presidential statement, Security Council asks Secretary-General to begin planning for possible transition from AU
Click here to read full text of presidential statement 3 Feb 2006 via ReliefWeb.
Note, various news reports quote the UN and AU as saying it will take many months before troops in Darfur are wearing blue UN hats. Six months minimum, going into next year. They expect a Darfur peace pact to be agreed before then.
Meanwhile, Sudanese civilians and security forces in Darfur are free to pillage, rape and kill. The Sudanese government made sure African troops are not a protection force with Chapter 7 mandate. Anarchy reins.
This could go on for 20 years, like it did in Southern Sudan where 22 years of anarchy cost two million lives.
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Opinion piece by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
Excerpt from Darfur Descending op-ed by Kofi Annan, 25 January 2006:
Let no one imagine that this crisis can be solved simply by giving the present A.U. mission a "U.N. hat." Any new mission will need a strong and clear mandate, allowing it to protect those under threat, by force if necessary, as well as the means to do so. That means it will need to be larger, more mobile and much better equipped than the current African Union mission. Those countries that have the required military assets must be ready to deploy them.
Such a force would take the UN months to deploy.