Saturday, September 30, 2006

UN 'must drop' Darfur peace force

I'm an F&M alumnus who used to be part of this class last year.
The link above refers to an article about UN top officials claiming that a UN peacekeeping force in Sudan is not the best solution to the genocide taking place there. "Outgoing deputy secretary general Mark Malloch Brown has meanwhile said the US and UK's use of "megaphone diplomacy" is almost "counterproductive" in Sudan."
There is a bigger push for funds directed towards the African Union Force--a peacekeeping body in Africa. Considering that the UN is promoting this solution over their own peacekeeping force, maybe we ought to raise awareness (and money) towards the AU Force, instead to writing letters to US senators. Any thoughts?

1 comment:

buckley said...

I agree that increased support for the AU is needed. Strengthening the AU will provide the means/infrastructure to not only resolve the conflict in Darfur, but provide stability in other regions in Africa in the future. The UN simply does not have the resolve to become entangled Africa and providing the AU with the means to function properly will allow for increased stability in the region.
Also, the deployment of UN forces in the region may only exacerbate tensions between Western nations and Islam. In a recent video released by Ayman al-Zawahiri, "he urged Muslims to fight a holy war in the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur against "crusaders" masked as United Nations troops."