Wednesday, June 23, 2004

As long as I mentioned Darfur

I don't know that I'd call this a ray of sunshine but at least it may be an improvement over the thunder and lightning storms we've seen so far. AP for June 20 reported that
Sudan's president, under international pressure to end killings of civilians in the western Darfur region, said the armed forces will disarm the Arab militias blamed for what the United Nations has called a humanitarian crisis.

President Omar el-Bashir said in a statement Saturday said he was ordering a "complete mobilization" of all Sudanese army and security forces to disarm all Darfur's warring parties, including the janjaweed - nomadic Arab militia that the government has been accused of supporting.
How eager the government will be to disarm its allies remains to be seen, especially since Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha, the man who spoke of "extinguishing" the conflict in Darfur, was quoted as saying the government will let the army restore order - which, considering the recent history of Sudan has ominous undertones - and the government has recently accused rebels in Darfur of occupying areas the army had left (that is, of establishing bases) in northern Darfur.

For the moment, the world will have to keep watch.

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