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Vol 48 No 3

Published 2nd February 2007

The snubbing of Sudan

Delegates bar President Omer from the AU Chairmanship but fail to step up pressure for UN peacekeepers in Darfur

As a majority of African states faced down the efforts of Sudan, Egypt and the Arab League to win the African Union Chairmanship for Sudan's President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir, the AU summit in Addis Ababa was long on diplomatic tension but short on action. Only marginal progress was made on the headline items of the summit: persuading Khartoum to allow a United Nations peacekeeping force to protect civilians in Darfur; and putting together an 8,000-strong force of AU peacekeepers to replace the departing Ethiopian forces in Somalia.

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