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    Invoking Hizballah, Sudan s Leader Vows to Defeat Any UN Force By Patrick Goodenough August 16, 2006
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      Invoking Hizballah, Sudan's Leader Vows to Defeat Any UN Force
      By Patrick Goodenough
      August 16, 2006
      http://www.cnsnews.com/news/ViewPrint.asp?Page=/ForeignBureaus/archive/200608/INT20060816b.html


      (CNSNews.com) - Amid calls for the U.N. to deploy peacekeepers in
      Sudan's Darfur region by October 1, the country's Islamist leader has
      vowed to emulate Hizballah in Lebanon and rout any incoming force.

      "We oppose the deployment of American, British or other forces imposed
      by the Security Council," Sudan's state news agency quoted President
      Omar al-Bashir as saying in an address to the North African country's
      armed forces.

      "We are determined to defeat any forces entering the country just as
      Hizballah has defeated the Israeli forces," he said, echoing the view
      expressed by Syria, Iran and Hizballah itself that the recent conflict
      in Lebanon had ended in victory for the terrorist group.

      The Sudan Tribune said Bashir also has reaffirmed Sudanese
      "solidarity" with the Lebanese and Palestinians.

      The U.N. estimates that more than 200,000 people have been killed in
      Darfur since fighting erupted between the government and several rebel
      groups in 2003. Two million more have been displaced, and both rebels
      and notorious government-sponsored militias have been accused of
      abuses against civilians.

      The government and one rebel faction signed a peace agreement last
      May, but the violence has continued - and in some ways has worsened,
      with rebel groups fracturing and turning on each other as well,
      leading to a worsening humanitarian situation, according to aid groups.

      A small, underfunded African Union (A.U.) force has been monitoring
      the agreement, but the organization wants to hand over to a U.N. force
      by October.

      Last week, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack reaffirmed that
      the U.S. backed the A.U. position and was "pushing hard at the U.N.
      and elsewhere to try to make that happen."

      The force envisaged by U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan will largely
      come from African and Asian nations, with support from developed
      countries.

      Annan said in a report to the Security Council that a U.N. mission
      would need between 15,300 and 18,600 troops, depending on the required
      deployment speed and levels of troop density.

      He said the force would focus primarily on protecting civilians,
      including the large number of internally-displaced people currently
      living in camps.

      Pointing to the need to get Sudan's consent, Annan said "the United
      Nations has no
      hidden agenda ... beyond the urgent need to help the population and
      prevent the crisis from spreading further."

      It would be deployed to help the parties to implement the peace
      agreement, "not to occupy the country."

      He urged Khartoum not to misrepresent the aims of the U.N. for
      political ends.

      New York-based non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch says
      the Security Council should impose sanctions on senior Sudanese officials.

      "The council should impose personal, targeted sanctions on top
      Sudanese officials responsible for preventing U.N. troops from being
      sent to Darfur," said the group's Africa director, Peter Takirambudde,
      in a statement Monday.

      The statement suggested strongly that Bashir should be among those
      targeted, calling him "the most powerful actor" in a government that
      had "defied the Security Council for two years."

      Currently only four individuals have been subjected to sanctions over
      Darfur. A travel ban and assets freeze were imposed last April against
      a Sudanese military officer, the leader of a pro-government militia,
      and two rebel commanders.

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