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UN Security Council Cancels Delegation to Darfur Meeting


The U.N. Security Council has canceled plans to send a delegation to talks with the Sudanese government and the African Union on the crisis in Darfur.

U.N. diplomats said late Friday the mission fell through after they could not agree on its scope and mandate.

The Council president, Peru's U.N. Ambassador Jorge Voto Bernales, said members could also not agree on what message the delegation would convey to the Sudanese and A.U. officials who begin meetings Monday in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

The Security Council has approved a U.N. mission for Darfur to take over from an under-funded A.U. mission. Sudan has repeatedly rejected the mission, likening a U.N. force to colonization.

To counter those rejections, U.N. diplomats are reported to be considering a force made up mainly of African troops who receive communication gear and logistical support through the United Nations.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.