Sarkozy is Scheming to Get French Troops into Sudan

4 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Sarkozy is Scheming to Get French Troops into Sudan</h1><p>June 4, 2007 (LPAC)--France's President Nicolas Sarkozy will lead the discussion on Darfur at the G-8 Summit on June 7, with a proposal for "humanitarian corridors." The European Union has always stated that UN sanctions against Khartoum (such as those defended by Bush) are ineffective, since China can use its veto against implementation as a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Sarkozy and his Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner have a snake-like dual policy: On one hand, Kouchner is trying to pull together a "contact group," scheduled to meet in Paris at the end of June, since the crisis "is political." The idea is to work out an "Abuja plus" agreement, referring to the May 2006 agreements negotiated in Abuja, Nigeria, where, under U.S. pressure, the Sudanese government signed peace agreements with several of the Darfur rebel movements.</p><p>On the other hand, in expectation of a political agreement, Paris is looking into an intervention to set up "humanitarian corridors," from Darfur into eastern Chad. That operation would have to start soon, before the rainy season makes roads impassable. The Quai d'Orsay (the French Foreign Ministry) is talking about needing "3,000 to 12,000 troops," and has already called upon its European partners, notably Germany, to participate in planning and implementing an operation into eastern Chad.</p></div></body>