Shackled peacekeepers.Byline: The Register-Guard
The United Nations Security Council made some dangerous concessions last week in deciding to send a force of 26,000 peacekeepers to Darfur, where a genocide has killed up to 400,000 people and displaced 2.5 million in Sudan's western region since 2003.
The Security Council imposed crippling constraints on the joint U.N./African Union force that will begin operations this fall. The peacekeepers will be forbidden to usurp u·surp
v. u·surped, u·surp·ing, u·surps
1. To seize and hold (the power or rights of another, for example) by force and without legal authority. See Synonyms at appropriate.
2. Sudanese authority. They will be unable to disarm the janjaweed militias or arrest suspected war criminals, leaving the peacekeepers with the sole practical mission of protecting civilians. A requirement that the force operate only `without prejudice Without any loss or waiver of rights or privileges.
When a lawsuit is dismissed, the court may enter a judgment against the plaintiff with or without prejudice. When a lawsuit is dismissed without prejudice to the responsibility of the government of Sudan' ensures that Khartoum can block any move by peacekeepers to end its genocidal war.
To be sure, the deployment of peacekeepers, no matter how restrictive their mandate, is welcome. Sudan admitted 7,000 African Union African Union (AU), international organization established in 2002 by the nations of the former Organization of African Unity (OAU). The AU is the successor organization to the OAU, with greater powers to promote African economic, social, and political integration, peacekeepers in 2004, but they lacked the manpower, equipment and logistical support needed to stop the killing.
The U.N. - led by the U.S., Britain and France on the Security Council - has pressured the Sudanese government for more than a year to accept a larger U.N. peacekeeping force peacekeeping force n → fuerza de pacificación
peacekeeping force n → forces fpl qui assurent le maintien de la paix
. But it was China, which has huge investments in Sudan's oil sector and has blocked tough U.N. action for years, that persuaded Khartoum to admit the peacekeepers. China did so only after global activists launched a high-profile `Save Darfur' campaign that threatened a boycott of the China-hosted 2008 Summer Olympics.
The peacekeeping mission Noun 1. peacekeeping mission - the activity of keeping the peace by military forces (especially when international military forces enforce a truce between hostile groups or nations)
peacekeeping, peacekeeping operation will slow the killing in Darfur. But Sudan must face meaningful consequences if it fails to cooperate. History has shown Sudan will try to obstruct ob·struct
To block or close a body passage so as to hinder or interrupt a flow.
ob·structive adj. the peacekeeping effort any way it can, just as it has with the existing AU force in Darfur.
The Security Council should remember that peacekeepers, acting under similar constraints, were deployed in Rwanda before the 1994 genocide in that country - the genocide that world leaders For a list of heads of state, see .
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