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Sudan Rejects UN Resolution to Deploy Peacekeepers to Darfur


Sudan has rejected a Security Council resolution to deploy U.N. troops to the country's troubled Darfur region.

The leadership of the ruling National Congress party described the resolution as an "unjustifiable hostility" against Sudan. The state-run news agency SUNA quoted the party as saying the country will not consent to any resolution that violates its sovereignty.

The Security Council passed a resolution Thursday that calls for the United Nations to absorb and expand a 7,000-member African Union force that has not been able to control rampant violence in Darfur.

Additional troops would not be deployed without the approval of Sudan's government, which has repeatedly rejected the idea of U.N. intervention.

Twelve of the council's 15 member approved the resolution, with Russia, China and Qatar abstaining.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said Washington expects Sudan's full and unconditional cooperation with the U.N. force.

The Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for African Affairs, Jendayi Frazer, said she is very confident Sudan will ultimately accept U.N. peacekeepers in Darfur.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch urged the Council to be prepared to sanction Sudan if it refuses to give consent to the U.N. force.

Three and a half years of fighting in Darfur has killed an estimated 200,000 people and displaced another two million.

The United States and other countries have described the situation in Darfur as a genocide. Sudan's government has been accused of arming militias to crush rebels in a brutal campaign of rape and murder.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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