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I'm not advocating for NATO intervention, just reporting what has been mentioned in the US context.

I don't quite understand all the dynamics going on here but my sense was that part of the problem is one of scale, funding, and mandate. The African Union troops who have been on the ground since 2004, initially with less then 1000 troops and as of last october/november about 7000 strong, have constrains on how they can intervene given the international agreements that allowed for their presence in the first place. The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) has a good one page overview of the mission and its composition (pdf)

Wiki has an informative piece on the history of the AU troop presence although it is not fully up to date.

I don't understand the details of why the AU troops mandate is limited or why increased funding and greater mandate seems to require getting UN status (even if on the ground some of the same troops are present). However, the push at this point seems to be to get a UN peace-keeping force in place (see guardian article from January 26th).

Once you pass the intro section very focused for a US audience this PBS News program video on the African Union's Darfur Mission is quite informative on the bind of the AU troops as see by two humanitarian relief experts who returned from Darfur in Oct. 2005 and discuss the African Union's efforts to bring stability to the Darfur region.

by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Fri Feb 24th, 2006 at 10:20:26 AM EST
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A UN resolution would be a way to enhance the mandate of the mission. The problem is that, of late, the US is not friendly to UN peacekeepers and instead seeks to get UN mandates for NATO missions.

What is South Africa's policy on Darfur, and what is its position on the AU, NATO involvement, and a possible UN resolution?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 24th, 2006 at 10:27:02 AM EST
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Good questions about South African. I don't have time to look into it at this point. Any South African experts out there? Stormy present might have some idea, based on experience living in South African, of good web resources to recommend?
by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Fri Feb 24th, 2006 at 10:50:05 AM EST
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