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Sudan rejects UN troops for Darfur

Sudan rejects U.S.-backed efforts to have U.N. peacekeeping troops take over from African Union troops in the country’s troubled Darfur region, Foreign Minister Lam Akol said on Wednesday. The United States has said genocide is continuing in Darfur with rape, looting and killing by Arab militias, known as the Janjaweed, and has urged the African Union (AU) to accept a handover to U.N. peacekeepers. “The government has rejected this … We did not hear anybody saying they (the AU) are not doing enough to stop the violence. What we are hearing is that they’re short of funds,” Akol told Reuters. Sudanese officials had previously shown a softer position toward the deployment of U.N. troops in Darfur, which the AU says it supports “in principle.” The United Nations has already begun contingency planning for any takeover. Full Story

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