SUDAN WATCH: US Senate allocates $60M for UN peacekeepers in Darfur - Have AU peacekeepers in Darfur been paid?

Thursday, June 15, 2006

US Senate allocates $60M for UN peacekeepers in Darfur - Have AU peacekeepers in Darfur been paid?

AP report via Sudan Tribune 15 June 2006 confirms the U.S. Senate on Thursday allocated $60 million for a UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

Note, the report says the Sudanese government must give its approval.

[As the UN already has resources for peacekeeping, I wonder why the $60 million was not donated to the AU Mission in Darfur. A recent news report reveals it has been two months since any soldier with the African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur has received a salary, adversely affecting troop morale. Surely its scandalous that the peacekeepers have not been paid. News reports say the AU Mission in Darfur is costing donors $1 billion a year. Where is the money going if the troops are not being paid?]

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