UN Troops to Darfur

Kofi Annan said on Thursday that there will be a joint AU-UN force in Darfur, according to BBC News. It remains unclear whether there will be the 17,000 UN troops that the UN wants to send or the 12,000 that Sudan’s government says is enough. There are currently 7,000 AU troops in Darfur.

Sudan’s government continues to maintain that the magnitude of the conflict is being exaggerated for political reasons.

Chad and the Central African Republic both accuse Sudan of backing rebels in their territory, and Chad says that it will be sending troops to help CAR.

Over 200,000 people have died in Darfur, and an additional three million have been displaced.

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