SUDAN WATCH: Assist AU to do better job - China critical to finding solution in Darfur: UN Pronk

Monday, November 06, 2006

Assist AU to do better job - China critical to finding solution in Darfur: UN Pronk

Nov 1 2006 AFP report AFP report via ST - excerpt:
"Some members of the (United Nations) Security Council have some leverage," Pronk told the BBC.

"If there is any country which could play an important role, it is China ... China never put a lot of pressure (on Sudan). The pressure came in particular from the other members of the Security Council."

Pronk also said that "debt relief (and) the lifting of the trade sanctions, could help easing the situation. It might bring the government of Sudan to a U-turn in its own position."

He advised against strong pressure on the country, however, and instead backed a stronger African Union force in Sudan along with diplomatic help from the United Nations.

"Don't put too much pressure on the Sudanese, because they have a habit of hitting back," Pronk told the broadcaster.

"Too much pressure is not very effective. Assist the African Union to do a better job, more resources in particular, so that you have, by more support to the African Union, a gradual transition.

"The difficulty is, the dilemma, how to respect the sovereignty of a nation and to, secondly, protect the people within a nation.

"That is a hell of a job. There is only one international organsation who can do so and that is the United Nations," he said.

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