U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte told reporters after a meeting with President Umaru Yar'Adua in Abuja that the United States remains committed to a rapid deployment of UN-AU hybrid force in the troubled western Sudanese region.
This hybrid force is not expected to be fully deployed until sometime next year. Until then, an AU force of less than seven-thousand is the one that will keep the peace. However, this is the same force that has been there since 2003. Since then, 200,000 people have died. Time to send in the 26,000 UN-AU peace keepers!