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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070522/pl_nm/sudan_usa_un_dc;_ylt=Ap6bP5G8COm1t7XBSL.DtkXMWM0F U.S. senator calls for American troops in Darfur By Evelyn Leopold
    Message 1 of 1 , May 22, 2007
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      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
      genocide.

      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 discussions.

      "The most urgent conversation was on Darfur and how
      quickly a (U.N.) force could get on the ground,"
      Cardin said.

      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
      did in
      Iraq."

      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."
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