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NEWS: Blair preparing to send troops to Sudans Darfur region

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posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 06:11 AM
Prime Minister Tony Blair has issued an order for at least 3000 British troops to begin preparations for a deployment to the Sudanese region of Darfur. The news came via The Independent and it did not quote its source. The article further stated that any deployment would be part of the European rapid deployment force.< br /> LONDON (AFP) - Prime Minister Tony Blair has ordered the military to prepare to deploy up to 3,000 soldiers to the conflict-torn Sudanese region of Darfur.

The Independent on Sunday newspaper, without quoting sources, said the deployment would be discussed next month with senior military officials.

"When you decide to make an intervention you have got to be able to move fast," it quoted an unnamed minister as saying.

Any deployment would be undertaken as part of a new European Union rapid reaction force, it said.

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Its about time that someone takes action in the region. The United Nations has done little if any to bring a sense of stability to the region. Save the Children which as a twenty year history in the region recently pulled out citing security concerns after 4 of its workers had been killed. This represents yet another failure of the United Nations at its most basic role: peacekeeping. We may be moving beyond simply removing Annon top help things. Wholesale changes in the way the United nations goes about its business is needed.

posted on Dec, 27 2004 @ 06:14 AM

The fighting has continued despite promises by both government and rebels to respect the ceasefire.

The organisation's monitors say the Sudanese Government seems to have rejected an ultimatum to withdraw troops from Darfur.

The AU also accused government forces of launching helicopter strikes against rebel forces in Darfur on Saturday.

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