US Must Seize Chance to Make Impact on Darfur

Farrow: Use term atop UN Security Council to cement support
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2008 11:33 AM CDT
Members of the Sudanese armed forces participate in a state-orchestrated rally in the capital Khartoum, Sudan Wednesday, May 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Abd Raouf)
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(Newser) – The US will take over as president of the UN Security Council next month, and, in the Wall Street Journal, Mia Farrow and Nancy Soderberg say that ending the Darfur genocide should be a key goal during its term. Sudan is denying entry to all non-African UN peacekeepers, the actress and the ex-ambassador explain, so the US must coordinate support and training.

While nations including the US, UK, Canada, and France are already upgrading African units that can barely protect themselves, the US could call a conference and drum up more contributors. China, with its unparalleled influence on Sudan’s government, could also play a major role, earning a much-needed pre-Olympic PR boost.