SUDAN WATCH: AU must accept deal - EU, UK warn of dire consequences

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

AU must accept deal - EU, UK warn of dire consequences

AFP report 4 Sep via CFD says African Union Must Accept Deal. Excerpt:
European Union spokesman Amadeu Altafaj Tardio warned of dire consequences if the 7,000 African Union peacekeepers are made to pull out before a U.N. force can take over.

"There would be a very difficult scenario," Altafaj Tardio said in a telephone interview. "We need a stronger force on the ground to ensure security. It is crucial to reach an agreement with the Sudanese before that deadline."

Britain's Foreign Office warned Monday that "there could potentially be significant humanitarian repercussion if this (UN) force is not in place. It looks clear to us that there is a significant buildup of the Sudan government military in Darfur."

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