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UN Authorizes 26,000 “Peacekeepers” For Darfur

From the New York Times owned International Herald Tribune:

UN to send peacekeepers to Darfur

By John Sullivan

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

NEW YORK: The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to authorize the deployment of up to 26,000 peacekeepers to try to stop the violence in Darfur in western Sudan, where approximately 200,000 people have been killed in four years of conflict.

The resolution will create the world’s largest peacekeeping operation, costing about $2 billion in its first year and drawing on military and police forces from the African Union and the United Nations, a UN spokeswoman said.

Although the resolution was toned down after objections from the Sudanese government, it will allow the peacekeeping troops to use force to prevent attacks on themselves, to protect civilians and aid workers, and to support putting in place a peace agreement.

The UN secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, described the mission as “historic and unprecedented.” …

The resolution now calls for a peacekeeping mission to begin no later than October and cites Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, under which the Security Council is permitted to authorize the use of force to carry out the mandate.

Most of the peacekeepers are supposed to be drawn from African nations and would include a beleaguered force of some 7,000 soldiers already in Darfur from the African Union, placing it under a unified command and control with the UN force.

The resolution authorizes a maximum of 19,555 military personnel and 6,432 civilian police officers. It does not spell out what role would be played by major powers, including the United States…

Sudan’s ambassador to the United Nations, Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohamad, told reporters that he was “comfortable” with the resolution and that the use of Chapter 7 powers was limited…

At last, the UN has a new cash spigot. And the left have a use for the military.

It’s a win-win for everybody, except the taxpayers whose money will be squandered.

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