Dec 12 2006 Financial Times Blair backs no-fly zone over Darfur
Mr Blair declared his support for a no-fly zone for the first time during his visit last week to Washington. He told President George W Bush that they had to deal with Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, in the next two to three months.
"If rapid progress is not made, we will need to consider alternative approaches, with international partners," Mr Blair warned on returning to London.
Planning has moved ahead, according to one official, who added: "The Americans mean business."
Bet Khartoum thinks UK is bluffing. Doubt it's now a bluff. Lately, Khartoum's sounding too cocky. When's Bashir retiring?