Tuesday, May 23, 2006

AU: Troops needed in 2 months not September

The African Union on Tuesday suggested that United Nations peacekeeping troops should be sent to Sudan's Darfur region within two months to bolster a peace accord and prevent the humanitarian crisis from worsening.

AU commission chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare, flanked by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, told a press conference in London that the accord sealed in Abuja, Nigeria "will be credible if we can ensure the commitment becomes a reality."

So we must lose no more time because if there is any doubt, everything then can be questioned," Konare said."

And we mustn't forget the humanitarian aspects. In two months it will be the rainy season. If confidence doesn't reign again then ... the situation could really worsen," the French-speaking Konare said through an interpreter.

He added that he hoped a UN mission could be on the ground "as soon as possible",

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