EU: A UN operation is the only viable and realistic option in Darfur in the long term
A conference in Brussels on Tuesday attended by the European Union, the United States and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will urge Sudan to allow a U.N. mission to replace an ill-equipped and over-extended African Union force in an attempt to stop the violence.UPDATE: July 14 2006 AFP report (via CFD): "The international community's goal is to ensure that AMIS can function at its current level until the end of the year," said an EU diplomat.
"A U.N. operation is the only viable and realistic option in Darfur in the long term," the European Union will say on the eve of the meeting according to a draft declaration obtained by Reuters.
Tuesday's conference will urge Sudanese rebels to sign a peace deal reached in May between the Khartoum government and one of the main rebel factions.
The meeting will also seek ways to help finance the African Union's 7,000-strong mission until it is replaced by U.N. troops, EU officials said.
On Thursday, EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel said AMIS, which is likely to be replaced by a United Nations mission, could continue to operate until mid-August or early September.
"After that, we just don't have enough money," he said.