Sudan Criticizes Darfur Peacekeeping Mission

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Sudan has threatened to terminate the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur, saying its new mandate infringes on its national sovereignty.

Foreign Minister Ahmed Ali Karti said Tuesday that the new resolution passed by the U.N. last week is full of “negative and obsolete references” that distort the reality on the ground.

On Friday, the United Nations extended the mandate of the peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID, saying peacekeepers will stay in Darfur for another year.

The U.N. resolution also expressed concern at the deteriorating conditions in some parts of Darfur, mentioning “aerial bombardment by the government of Sudan” and “attacks on humanitarian personnel.”

The United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force has been deployed in Darfur since 2008, protecting civilians and attempting to maintain order.

On Tuesday, Ali Karti affirmed Sudan's support for the original U.N. mandate, but said that “any attempt to impose new commitments” would force Sudan to cancel the peacekeeping mission.

Since the fighting between rebels and government forces began eight years ago, an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and nearly 3 million others have fled their homes.

Sudan's government puts the death toll at 10,000.