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U.N. Envoy Urges More African Peacekeepers in Sudan

The United Nations’ top envoy for Sudan called Saturday for a large and swift deployment of African Union peacekeepers with a mandate to protect civilians and monitor Sudanese security forces on the ground in Darfur. The government in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, accused an opposition party linked to the Darfur rebellion with a coup attempt that failed Friday. “We need many thousands of African union troops with a broad mandate, quick deployment, big numbers,” Jan Pronk, the United Nations secretary general’s special representative for Sudan, said Saturday evening in a telephone interview from Khartoum. “Broad, quick, big. That’s very important.” Full Story

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