UN chief talks with Sudan's president on UN peacekeeping operation - Troops, by themselves, cannot be the full answer
Dujarric told reporters at the UN HQ in New York that Annan told President Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir that he hoped to see the UN assessment mission to be dispatched as soon as possible and sought the cooperation and support of the Sudanese Government to that end. - Xinhua May 23, 2006.
Photo: Displaced Sudanese women queue at a water point 21 May 2006 in Abu Shouk camp, close to Al-Fasher, the capital of the war-torn Sudanese northern Darfur region. (AFP/File/Ramzi Haidar)
May 23 2006 UN News Service: Asked whether States were prepared to contribute personnel to a UN mission in Darfur, the peacekeeping chief said a number "have expressed a measure of interest" but noted that none would make a commitment in the absence of a Security Council mandate and clear information about the situation on the ground. "No country is going to start spending money preparing its troops for a possible deployment until it knows that this deployment is going to happen for real," he said.
Mr Guehenno also underscored the importance of a comprehensive approach to addressing the Darfur conflict. "The troops, by themselves, cannot be the full answer. There has to be a political process that the troops support," he said.
Photo: Rebels from the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) pose 21 May 2006 in a deserted house in Tina, a small village abandoned by its residents after being attacked in March, southwest of Al-Fasher, the capital of the war-torn Sudanese northern Darfur region. Apart from a few tarred roads and a handful of settlements connected to mains electricity, North Darfur state is a collection of miserable villages in which people survive on the bare minimum. (AFP/File/Ramzi Haidar)
See May 23, 2006 NYT/CT report from Tina, Sudan by Lydia Polgreen: Rebels' rivalry subverts hope for Darfur peace