Surprise of the day…Sudan intent on limiting UN action in Darfur

The AP is reporting Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s president, has objections to a proposal from the United Nations that would send more than 3,000 UN military, police, and additional personnel into the region. Oh, helicopters and reconnaissance aircrafts are a no-no as well.  

Reaction?

Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said Monday the letter is “very disappointing.”“It’s a major setback, and is tantamount to a requirement for a renegotiation of some of the points in the heavy support package,” he said.

As I was reading the article I was sure this would be the understatement of the day, but my hat’s off to al-Bashir who said the package revealed: “essential differences in the understanding of the nature and objectives of United Nations support for the African Union”.

Here’s a little beauty from the United Nations as well: 

U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said the secretary-general did not consider the letter a setback and wants to discuss it with the Security Council on Thursday before commenting.“There are positive elements … and the secretary-general would like to see, from these positive elements, how far we can go,” Montas said.

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