Skip to comments.Sudan objects to UN plans for new border troops
Posted on 10/16/2010 1:56:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The Sudanese government has said the UN cannot move new troops to its tense North-South border without its consent. It comes after the UN's peacekeeping chief said troops would be sent to "hotspots" at the request of the semi-autonomous South's president... in the run-up to a referendum on Southern independence due to be held in January... The referendum was part of a 2005 peace deal that ended the civil war. On Friday, UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said the UN force would increase its presence along the 2,000km (1,250 mile) border. He said the increase would be limited to "hotspots" and that the UN could not create a full "buffer zone" between the regions. Officials at the UN said the decision had been made following an appeal from South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, who was concerned the North was preparing for war... The BBC's James Copnall in Khartoum says there has been a surge in inflammatory statements in recent weeks in Sudan, as the referendum approaches. There is also a huge argument about who can vote in a second referendum, in which the oil-producing region of Abyei will decide on whether to join the North or the South, our correspondent adds. Sudan is divided between the mainly Muslim and Arab-speaking North, and the South, where most people are Christian or follow traditional religions.
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"Omar Hassan al Bashir, dressed up in one of those costumes that seem to easily impress President Obama"
I can’t blame Sudan for not wanting the UN in their country. Eventually the UN bluehelmets would control child prostitution, money laundering, and extortion rackets, as well as control all the donated food, which it would be selling at top $$$.
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