EU foreign affairs chief Javier Solana pledged over $100 million (USD) to the African Union Saturday to help finance the regional organization's peacekeeping efforts in Sudan. As previously reported by JURSIT's Paper Chase here, the AU has expanded the number of peacekeepers in the region in an attempt to quell the ongoing violence in the Darfur region. The payment will receive offical approval Monday; Solana indicated that along with individual donations from EU member nations, the EU will end up financing more than half of the AU force's budgeted $221 million (USD). JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the situation in Sudan. The Sudan Tribune has more.