|Sudan ''did not'' give ok over international force for Darfur - top official
Sudan 'did not' give ok over international force for Darfur - top official
CAIRO, Nov 18 (KUNA) -- Sudan 'did not' give approval over deployment of an
international force in Darfur; what was actually agreed to in the Addis Ababa
meetings was to reinforce African Union troops already in the troubled region,
Sudanese presidential advisor Majdhub Al-Khalifah stated Saturday.wsa
The official told Sawt Al-Arab (Voice of Arabia) radio, over the phone from
Khartoum, that he is hopeful the Addis Ababa meetings would break the current
stalemate between Sudan and the international community. He added the meetings
had also addressed Security Council resolution 1706.
Security Council resolution 1706 in August called for the deployment of a
multi-dimensional UN presence to Sudan's neighboring states Chad and the
Central African Republic.
The media had yesterday reported contradictory statements by the UN and
Sudan over international forces for Darfur. While UN Secretary General Kofi
Annan was quoted saying Sudan agreed 'in principle' over an international
presence in Darfur, the Sudanese Foreign Minister Lam Akol stressed there was
no agreement on deployment of international forces to serve alongside African
forces in the region.
The minister pointed out the Addis Ababa agreement does not state such
thing and there should not be any talk of mixed un-African Union force. What
was discussed, he said, was an African force that would be supported by the UN.
The top official also said his country is willing to talk logistic and
financial UN support for the African Union mission. There is cooperation
already between the two organizations on issues including technical support
for efforts at mine-clearing, transportation, and logistics and supplies, he
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