Next steps to peace in Darfur: A peace deal signed Friday could pave the way for a UN peacekeeping force (Katharine Houreld and Claire Soares, 5/08/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

Observers say that the most important result of the deal is that it could pave the way for a UN peacekeeping force to enter Sudan. In the past few days different spokesmen for the Sudanese government have confirmed that the government would now at least consider allowing UN peacekeeping troops on the ground, something Khartoum had flatly rejected before Friday’s deal. […]

Sounding a cautiously optimistic note, US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said the agreement represented “an opportunity for peace.” He went to Nigeria after talks stalled between rebels and the government over security issues. Eventually both the Sudanese government and the largest rebel faction, the Sudan Liberation Movement, led by Minni Minnawi, signed the deal on Friday.

All in a day’s work for the Crusader State…

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