Local leaders from northern Darfur have threatened that UN peacekeepers may face violence if they enter the region as part of a peacekeeping force, Deutsche Presse-Agentur
reported June 9, 2006. Excerpt:
Their remarks followed a meeting between the governor of north Darfur and a 15-member delegation from the UN Security Council, which arrived in the Darfur on Friday, following a visit to the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
"The people here are Muslims and they don't want international intervention here because it complicates the local traditions," local council member Ali Tango told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.
"The people don't want foreigners to come in here," Tango told dpa. "Look at how Afghanistan and Iraq deteriorated."
In reality, a UN mission would likely be a re-hatting of the African Union (AU) force presently on the ground.
"The Security Council will do everything possible to insure that a UN mission with the consent of the government of Sudan comes to Darfur as soon as possible," head of the delegation Emyr Parry-Jones told reporters following his meeting with Governor Yousef Osman Kibir.
Delegates also met with representatives of some 2 million displaced Darfuris who are currently languishing in refugee camps. They did not however, visit the camps in this area themselves.