Sunday, October 22, 2006

Things are Getting Worse in Darfur

The Sudanese government is duplicitous. In an effort to deflect international criticism, the government signed a peace deal last May with two of the three rebel groups in Darfur. This seemed to placate many in the West as news coverage of the crisis in Darfur declined. That was the plan. And it worked.

After the signing of the treaty, the death toll rose as did the level of violence.

Today, the government of Sudan kicked out U.N. envoy, Jan Pronk, over remarks he made in his blog about the violence in Darfur. Pronk has been a vocal proponent of bringing 20,000 U.N. peacekeepers to the troubled region of Darfur and his remarks, according ot the Sudanese government, amount to "psychological war against the Sudanese army."

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