SUDAN WATCH: Plan B would be to do everything possible to get the AU to stay and strengthen it

Monday, September 11, 2006

Plan B would be to do everything possible to get the AU to stay and strengthen it

From today's Sunday Times - Plea for help as Darfur peers into abyss:
"Everyone is doing what they can to put in place Plan A -- a strengthening of the African Union force as a way to transition to a UN force," a Western diplomat said yesterday. "If we are not able to do that, Plan B would be to do everything possible to get the African Union force to stay and strengthen it."

For now, the cash-strapped AU force is all that stands in the way of outright war. But it has struggled to stamp any authority on a region the size of France. A senior commander said by telephone from El Fasher that last week's diplomatic uncertainty was playing havoc with peacekeeping operations.
One wonders why Plan B wasn't Plan A 2-3 years ago.

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