Sudan says no to UN force
A Security Council deadline for a United Nations team to be allowed into the strife-torn region of Darfur has expired.india Updated: May 25, 2006 13:05 IST
Sudan on Wednesday said it would not accept the deployment of UN peacekeepers in Darfur as a Security Council deadline for a UN team to be allowed into the strife-torn region expired.
"The government does not accept the deployment of foreign forces under (UN Security Council) Chapter Seven," presidential adviser Majzoub al-Khalifa Ahmed told reporters.
The declaration came after talks with UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and deputy undersecretary general for peacekeeping operations Hedi Annabi, who flew into Khartoum on Tuesday to arrange access for the team.
Their arrival followed a UN Security Council resolution passed under Chapter Seven on May 16 urging speedy implementation of a peace accord reached in Nigeria early this month between Khartoum and the main Darfur rebel group.