UN Council breaks deadlock on Darfur resolution
UNITED NATIONS: U.N. Security Council members broke a deadlock on
Wednesday over a resolution to keep peacekeepers in Darfur and
acknowledge worries about a possible genocide indictment of Sudanís
president, diplomats said.
The 15 council members will vote on the British-drafted resolution on
Thursday, council diplomats said. The draft, a copy of which was
obtained by Reuters, extends the mandate of the joint U.N.-African Union
peacekeeping force in Sudanís war-ravaged western Darfur region until
July 31, 2009.
The diplomats said they expected the resolution to be approved
unanimously. Sudanís U.N. Ambassador Abdalmahmoud Abdalhaleem told
Reuters it was an ďacceptableĒ text.
After weeks of back-room haggling over the wording, Western council
members agreed to a compromise text that refers to concerns that African
council members, Russia, China and others have about the International
Criminal Court chief prosecutorís request for an arrest warrant for
Sudanís leader over Darfur.
The Western countries, led by Britain, the United States and France,
had resisted including any language in the resolution suggesting the
council could freeze any ICC moves on President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
They said there was no point mentioning it in a resolution to renew
the peacekeepersí mandate. But they struck a compromise after seven
council members ó South Africa, Libya, Burkina Faso, China, Russia,
Vietnam and Indonesia ó conditioned extending the peacekeeping mandate
on referring to their worries about the impact an ICC indictment of
Bashir could have on the fragile Darfur peace process.