Arab call to delay UN Security Council meeting on Darfur puzzles key envoy - AMIS costs $17m per month
A key UN Security Council member said Aug 21 he was puzzled by an Arab League request for an indefinite delay in a planned council meeting on Darfur next week in New York.Aug 21 2006 Sudan Tribune:
The Arab League had requested the UN to postpone Security Council meeting to give Sudan more time to implement its plan to improve conditions and preserve security in Darfur - to allow time for consultation and coordination between regional organizations on the role of AU forces in Darfur - which it presented to the UN on Aug 2.AMIS costs $17m per month
Under the Sudanese plan, the Khartoum government would send 10,500 new government troops to Darfur.
Note, above report points out the resolution passed by the Arab League called on Arab countries to fulfil a promise, made at a summit in Khartoum in March, to finance the African Union peace operation in Darfur for six months from Oct 1. The operation has been costing about $17 million a month,