Sudan OKs U.N. Peacekeepers

Sudanese government assents to international intervention
By Olivia Gage,  Newser User
Posted Apr 17, 2007 1:26 PM CDT
The UN will send peacekeeping forces to Sudan
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(Newser) – Sudan agreed to allow 3,000 U.N. peacekeepers into its devastated Darfur region yesterday, but American and British officials were quick to say that it's not enough to stem genocide. They're calling for a force of 17,000 to 20,000, as agreed to in a peace accord signed in November.

The concession from Khartoum, its most substantial to date, comes on the heels of a weekend visit to Sudan by Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, as well as a recent wave of pressure by ally China. Both Negroponte and Tony Blair immediately pressed Sudan to go farther, and reminded observers that Sudan has reneged on similar promises.