Janjaweed militia surround a refugee camp in Darfur

Jämtin Warns of Darfur Consequences

Swedish Foreign Aid Minister Carin Jämtin says there will be serious consequences if the United Nations is forced to leave the troubled Sudanese province of Darfur.

On Sunday the Sudanese foreign ministry said it had suspended all UN operations in Darfur until further notice, except those of the World Food Program and the UN children’s fund UNICEF. Khartoum has accused the world body of giving a helicopter ride to a rebel leader.

The move is a set-back to plans to send UN peacekeepers into Darfur, where government-supported militia are accused of attacking the local population. Carin Jämtin says UN troops are a necessity to provide security in Darfur.

She says it wouldn’t surprise her if the Sudanese action is a political tactic to block the planned peacekeeping mission.

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