US Gov't Peacekeeping Issues

US monitors detects mass graves in Sudan's S. Kordofan

KHARTOUM — New satellite images support eyewitness accounts that mass graves were dug in the capital of Sudan's South Kordofan state to bury 100 or more people killed last month, US monitors said Thursday.

"Based on an analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery and eyewitness reports obtained by the Satellite Sentinel Project, SSP has identified a site consistent with mass graves in Kadugli," said the monitoring group set up by Hollywood star and rights activist George Clooney.

Sudan’s North, South Agree in Principle on Ethiopian Peacekeepers in Abyei

Published June 15, 2011 by Bloomberg
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Northern and Southern Sudan pledged to pull their military forces out of the disputed border region of Abyei and to accept in principle the deployment of Ethiopian troops in the region, an African Union spokesman said.Details of the deployment are still being worked out, Barney Afako, the spokesman for the African Union’s high-level implementation panel on Sudan, told reporters in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. The two sides agreed to withdraw military forces from the region by July 9, when Southern Sudan is scheduled to become independent.

A call for force in Cote d'Ivoire

Published March 25, 2011 by Foreign Policy
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Louise Arbour, president of the International Crisis Group, has penned a letter to the Security Council asking for a more forceful response to escalating violence in Cote d'Ivoire:

[T]he Security Council should immediately authorise military action to ensure the protection of the population by UNOCI or other authorised forces and to support President Alassane Ouattara and his government in exercising authority over the armed forces and ensuring the territorial integrity of the state..."

Peacekeeping, by the numbers

Published March 2, 2011 by Foreign Policy - The Multilateralist
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New York University's Center on International Cooperation is out with its annual Review of Global Peace Operations. It's a fantastic update on UN and non-UN peacekeeping operations around the world. It's also full of good data on where peacekeepers operate, who they are, and who funds them.

Sudan’s President, in Power Since 1989, Won’t Run Again, Spokesman Says

Published February 22, 2011 by New York Times
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NAIROBI, Kenya — President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan, who has been in power for more than 20 years and faces international charges of genocide, will not run for office again after his current term ends in four years, a Sudanese government spokesman said Monday.

House to battle over funds to increase security at the U.N.

Published February 9, 2011 by Foreign Policy - The Cable
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House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) will get her first chance to fulfill her promise to cut U.S. funding from the United Nations tomorrow, when the House votes on a bill to take back $180 million already given to the U.N.

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