Sudanese Minister of Defense Abdul Rahim Mohammed Hussein warned on Saturday that Sudan's western region of Darfur would become a hotbed of al-Qaeda if international peacekeeping forces were deployed without agreement of Sudan.
"Sudan does not have any kind of ideological or political extremism," the minister told reporters, adding that "deploying such forces without agreement of the government and against the will of the Sudanese people will create good environment for the extremism cells of al-Qaeda."
He said that the United nations would be held responsible for the consequence of such deployment.
He reiterated the government would like to consult and cooperate with the UN to clarify these forces' role before their deployment in Darfur.
Special UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who wrapped up a visit to Khartoum on Thursday, said Sudan had agree to let in a joint UN and the African Union team to undertake an assessment of all the requirements for a possible transition of the peacekeeping mission in Darfur from the AU to the UN.
The AU Peace and Security Council has agreed in principle to hand over its peacekeeping mission in Darfur to the UN due to a short of fund and logistical support for its 7,800-strong forces deployed since 2004 to monitor ceasefire.
The Sudanese government, however, allowed deployment of international forces to monitor implementation of the peace agreement reached between Khartoum and a main Darfur rebel faction on May 5 only if these forces should not be authorized to use force in any case.