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U.N. Weighs Peacekeepers for South Sudan

The United States circulated a draft U.N. resolution on Monday calling for a 10,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission to help enforce a peace deal in southern Sudan, but it stopped short of saying how war crimes suspects in the separate conflict in Darfur should be tried. The 21-year north-south war has pitted the Arab Muslim-dominated government in Khartoum against rebels fighting for greater autonomy and a larger share of the country’s wealth in the largely African Christian and animist south. More than 2 million people have died, mainly from war-induced famine and disease, and at least twice as many have fled their homes. The peacekeeping deployment would help monitor the Jan. 9 agreement in the south and provide humanitarian assistance to the millions of people displaced by that war, help demobilize child soldiers and tackle the problem of Sudan’s huge and largely unmarked mine fields. Full Story

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