The United Nations will recommend up to 10,000 peacekeepers for Sudan if Khartoum and southern rebels sign a landmark peace agreement to end a 21-year-old civil war, a senior U.N. envoy said on Tuesday. The Khartoum government and the southern Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement promised during a Security Council meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, last month to complete a peace pact by Dec. 31. The agreement, if implemented, would signal a major change in Sudan, including power-sharing in Khartoum, dividing the country’s oil wealth and integrating security forces in several areas. “Both sides say it is possible and both say the position of the other party is completely untenable,” Jan Pronk, U.N. representative in Sudan told a news conference, outlining a blueprint of what should happen next. Full Story
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