Sudan won't accept UN peacekeepers in Darfur

September 20, 2006 02:17

Sudan will not allow the United Nations to take control of peacekeepers in Darfur under any circumstance, its president said Tuesday, claiming that human rights groups have exaggerated the crisis there in a bid for more donations. President Omar al-Bashir did say that the African Union, which now runs the peacekeeping mission in Darfur, should be allowed to augment its forces with more logistics, advisers and other support. "The picture that volunteer organizations try to give in order to solicit more assistance and more aid, have given a negative result," al-Bashir told a news conference. Speaking on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly debate, al-Bashir claimed that Zionist groups wanted to weaken Sudan and accused Israel of spreading a lie that Sudanese Arabs are killing Sudanese Africans.

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