The UN's head of peacekeeping operations blasted the Sudanese government for intentionally restrictive demands that "would make it impossible for the mission to operate." Khartoum is refusing to admit non-African soldiers, withholding permission for night flights, and insisting on advance notice of all troop movements, the BBC reports. It also expects to be allowed to shut down communications at any time.
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the French diplomat and undersecretary-general for peacekeeping, told the Security Council that accepting Sudan's demands would lead to "tragic failure for the people of Darfur." If a UN-backed force did enter Darfur under Sudan's restrictions, the result could only be one "that will not make a difference."