UN approves resolution sending 10,000 peacekeepers to Sudan

UN approves resolution sending 10,000 peacekeepers to Sudan

[JURIST] The UN Security Council Thursday unanimously voted to send over 10,000 peacekeepers to Sudan [JURIST news archive] in an effort to monitor a peace deal [JURIST report] intended to end a 21-year civil war. The resolution sidesteps issues regarding sanctions for war crimes in the country's Darfur region. In late January, a UN backed council declared that crimes against humanity, but not genocide, had occurred in Darfur. Agreement on how to proceed [JURIST report] in Darfur, however, has been complicated because of US reluctance to refer criminal cases to the International Criminal Court [official website], a body that the US opposes. Although the peacekeeping resolution is not directly tied to Darfur, the Council is hopeful that the move will reinforce "the effort to foster peace in [the region]." AP has more.