Af­ter U.S. pres­sure, U.N. votes to slash Su­dan peace force

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

NEW YORK | The U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil unan­i­mously ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion Thurs­day sharply re­duc­ing the joint United Na­tions-African Union peace­keep­ing force in Su­dan’s trou­bled Dar­fur re­gion, a move pressed by the United States that will save hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars.

The Bri­tish-drafted res­o­lu­tion will re­duce the num­ber of peace­keep­ers by 44 per­cent and the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional po­lice by about 27 per­cent in the Dar­fur mis­sion, whose cur­rent bud­get is over $1 bil­lion an­nu­ally.

The Dar­fur con­flict be­gan in 2003 when eth­nic Africans in the vast west­ern re­gion re­belled, ac­cus­ing the Arab-dom­i­nated Su­danese gov­ern­ment of dis­crim­i­na­tion.

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