Biden calls for American troops in Darfur
U.S. senator calls for American troops in Darfur
By Evelyn Leopold Tue May 22, 2:29 AM ET
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Sen. Joe Biden said
that he would commit U.S. forces immediately to stop
militia in Sudan's Darfur region as long as there were
reports of genocide.
Biden, a presidential candidate and chairman of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Monday
that in his personal opinion nations had at "some
point to cede their sovereignty" if they engaged in
Biden, a Democrat from Delaware, said U.S. President
George W. Bush had made clear that sanctions would be
the next step if the United Nations was not ready to
send a large force to reinforce the African Union
troops in Darfur.
More than 200,000 people have died and 2 million have
been uprooted from their homes in the four-year-old
conflict between ethnic African repels and the
government, backed by the Arab Janjaweed militia.
"I would impose a no-fly zone immediately and I would
commit (U.S.) forces to stop the Janjaweed now. But I
am not making that decision," Biden told reporters.
Biden was leading a bipartisan delegation, which
conferred with Security Council members, U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Sheikha Haya Rashed
Al Khalifa, the General Assembly president on a
variety of issues.
Sen. Bob Corker (news, bio, voting record), a
Tennessee Republican, and Rep. Benjamin Cardin (news,
bio, voting record), a Maryland Democratic, did not
join Biden in calling for U.S. troops but stressed
that a solution to the Darfur crisis was foremost in
"The most urgent conversation was on Darfur and how
quickly a (U.N.) force could get on the ground,"
Sudan's U.N. Ambassador Abdalmahmood Abdelhaleem,
however, was angry at the comments, saying the
senators "should first come with clean hands and
apologize to the U.N. for the mess the United States
He said Sudan would decide on a peacekeeping force of
more than 20,000 troops and police after the United
Nations and the African Union had agreed on a plan and
sent it to Khartoum.
"There is good momentum in the region," he said,
calling Biden's remarks "unwarranted and out of context."