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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Africa: Darfur, Un Peacekeeper Force; Sco

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: AFRICA: DARFUR, UN PEACEKEEPER FORCE; SCO
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"Unacceptable Delay"

Liberal, largest national circulation daily Folha de Sco Paulo (8/2)
editorialized: "After four years and at least 180,000 deaths, the UN
has finally taken a concrete step to end the genocide in Darfur....
What is impressive in the case is the UN's delay in taking an
action. Despite news reporting the bloodshed, UN diplomats were
involved in an endless discussion whether the definition of genocide
included in the 1948 Genocide Convention would apply or not to the
situation in Darfur. Such inaction concealed other interests. China
buys Sudanese oil. Russia, with its Chechen problem, is allergic to
the word 'genocide' to justify interventions and embargos. In the
beginning, the US preferred not to question Khartoum because of its
support for anti-terrorism efforts. More recently however, in one of
his few correct foreign policy decisions, President Bush increased
pressures and imposed an embargo on Sudan. But the situation only
changed with the election of a new British prime minister, Gordon
Brown, and a new French president, Nicolas Sarkozy. Both need to
show that although members of the same party, they are different
from their predecessors."
Helling

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