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The United Nations officially began a new peace-keeping effort Monday in the Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region in a ceremony that transferred power from the African Union, after months of resistance from the Sudanese government to admit the force.
The peacekeeping force will be staffed far below the levels designed by the United Nations Security Council when it voted unanimously in July to deploy 26,000 troops to try to stop the violence in Darfur.