Sudan warns nations not to contribute to U.N. force

UNITED NATIONS — Sudan stepped up opposition to a U.N. peacekeeping mission for Darfur, warning that it would consider any country’s pledge to supply police or troops to a U.N. force “a hostile act” and a “prelude to an invasion” of the Islamic country.

The Sudanese statement comes more than two weeks after the United Nations sent a letter urging scores of governments to commit troops for a Darfur mission. Khartoum reiterates its “total rejection” of an Aug. 31 Security Council resolution authorizing a U.N. force of about 20,000 for the troubled Darfur region.

In response, the United States on Thursday convened an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council and accused Sudan of defying the will of the 15-nation body. “I think they are trying to intimidate troop-contributing countries,” said John Bolton, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. “Obviously if no one volunteers to contribute forces to the Darfur mission, (there won’t be one), regardless of what Security Council does.”

So if Sudan can blatantly ignore UNSC Resolutions without consequence why does anyone think that Iran or North Korea won’t take the same approach… Likely with the same result.


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