Tuesday, July 31, 2007

UN Council authorizes large force for Darfur

By Evelyn Leopold
"UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize up to 26,000 troops and police in an effort to stop attacks on millions of displaced civilians in Sudan's Darfur region.....The resolution allows the use of force in self-defense, to ensure freedom of movement for humanitarian workers and to protect civilians under attack.
But the measure, which has been watered down several times, no longer allows the new force to seize and dispose of illegal arms. Now they can only monitor such weapons..............................."

Read the full story: Reuters Africa
Hopefully this is an indication that the UN will discharge its responsibilities. However the fact that the new force cannot cannot seize or dispose of illegal arms seriously weakens the intent of the UN resolution.

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