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AU-U.N. force may be in Darfur in months

A joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force could be in Sudan’s Darfur region by October, depending on how quickly the two organizations are able to get troops and funds, a Sudanese diplomat said Wednesday. Sudan has accepted the mission after receiving assurances Tuesday that a “hybrid” AU-U.N. force of between 17,000 and 19,000 troops will not be open-ended and Sudan will remain in control of its border, said Akuei Bona Malwal, the deputy head of mission for Sudan in Ethiopia, where the African Union is based. Full Story

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