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UN to consider Darfur deployment despite Khartoum opposition

Deutsche Presse Agentur
Published: Friday September 22, 2006

New York- The UN Security Council planned a meeting later Friday to discuss deploying UN peacekeeping troops in Darfur regardless of Khartoum's strong opposition, the US said Friday. US Ambassador John Bolton said the meeting was to focus on "the importance of getting the transition from the African Union to the UN as soon as possible."

The African Union earlier this week agreed to keep its 7,000 troops in Darfur until the end of the year, rather than withdraw by the end of September as had been planned. The extension would allow the UN more time to prepare the deployment of its own force.

Khartoum has refused to back the UN peacekeeping force, preferring that the AU remain in the war-torn region instead.

The 15-nation council meeting will be attended by foreign ministers including US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller.

© 2006 DPA - Deutsche Presse-Agenteur