Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Latest on Darfur

There were some new and interesting developments over the weekend concerning Darfur. President Bush called for a larger NATO role and indicated that there needs to be at least double the number of troops to have any hope of bringing security to the region. NATO discussed increasing support for African Union peacekeepers but indicated that significant numbers of European troops deploying to Sudan is unlikely. Finally, the Vice President of Sudan (chief of PR / spin doctor) said that they would not accept UN peace keepers in the country but is committed to supporting a peace settlement.

To recap, President Bush called for more action (but without American troops), the international community mostly resisted action, and Sudan completely rejected any real action. Maybe the recent developments weren’t that new or interesting.