UN chief urges quick action on Darfur
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to authorise the deployment of some 26,000 troops to Sudan's Darfur region this week.
"I would expect ... the Security Council should take action authorising the joint hybrid operation as soon as possible," Ban told a news conference at the UN Headquarters Monday.
"I sincerely hope that the Security Council will take the necessary action within this week."
Britain, France and Ghana last week circulated a draft Security Council resolution that would authorise the deployment of the joint African Union (AU)-UN peacekeeping force to Darfur.
The draft said the proposed force, known as the United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID), would consist of up to 19,555 military personnel and a civilian component of up to 3,772 police personnel.