Posted by: bklunk | January 22, 2007

This Doesn’t Seem Very Helpful

Newsvine – African Union Confirms Sudanese Bombings

KHARTOUM, SUDAN — The African Union confirmed Monday
that Sudan’s air force bombed Darfur villages last week, attacks that
violated a cease-fire.

Rebel leaders in Darfur had reported that
the government carried out air raids in northern Darfur, but the
Sudanese military had denied the claim.

bombings, which breach U.N. Security Council resolutions and a peace
agreement, came after the Sudanese government vowed to adhere to a new
truce brokered by visiting New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson earlier this

The AU complained that the government bombed North Darfur
“when efforts are being made to reenergize the peace process” by
broadening support among rebels for the Darfur peace accord signed last

More than 200,000 people have died and 2.5
million fled their homes in Darfur since 2003, when rebels took arms
against the central government, accusing it of neglect.

is accused of having responded with indiscriminate air raids against
civilian villages, and by unleashing the janjaweed paramilitary groups
blamed for the bulk of the conflict’s atrocities.

This is one of those tough issues. Just when it looks like some progress is possible, somebody takes a big backward step.

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  1. It is really difficult to enforce a national truce policy because there is no international police force to make sure that the agreement is upheld. There are no consequences for the group that breaks the agreement and fires first other than war, which does not seem to bother them. They can come up with as many policies as they want, but with no world police to enforce them, they will not be that effective in stopping the violence and fighting. The U.S. is the closest thing to a world police but it cannot involve itself in every international dispute that exists. These people must come up with agreements and adhere to them or war and violence will continue.

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