Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Darfur update

UNITED NATIONS, July 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. envoy for Darfur expressed disappointment on Wednesday that the United Nations had not met a U.S. goal for reinforcing peacekeepers in the area, calling progress so far "absolutely unacceptable".

Richard Williamson, who asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in March to ensure that 3,600 more U.N.-African Union troops were deployed in the west Sudanese region by the end of June, said only 600-650 new soldiers had been added this year.

The total number of peacekeepers in violence-torn Darfur currently stands at just over 9,000. It is meant to rise to a ceiling of 26,000 troops and police by next year.

"Absolutely unacceptable" is right.

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