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UPDATED: 10:24, March 01, 2006
U.S. vows to seek early approval of UN peacekeeping force in Darfur
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The United States will continue its effort to push for quick approval of a UN peacekeeping force in Darfur, Sudan, State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said here Tuesday.

"This is a priority for the president, and it's a priority for the United States, to bring peace to Darfur," Ereli said at a regular news briefing.

Ereli said the African peacekeepers have brought a degree of peace and stability to Darfur, "but a degree that is insufficient because the violence continues, albeit at a different level and with a different character, but it continues."

U.S. President George W. Bush said about two weeks ago that the situation in Sudan's Darfur region may need to double the number of international peacekeepers there.

The African Union currently maintains a 7,800-strong force, including troops and observers, in Sudan's Darfur region, but they have been suffering from a shortage of fund and inadequate resources to stop military conflicts.

Sudan refuses to accept the UN's takeover of the peacekeeping mission in Sudan's restive western Darfur region from the African Union (AU).

"If the AU forces cannot carry out their mission because of financial problems, they should leave without looking for a substitute," Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir said last week.

Bloody conflicts broke out in the Darfur region in February 2003 and has claimed between 180,000 and 300,000 lives and left an estimated 2.4 million people displaced.

Source: Xinhua

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