Darfur rebels tell China peacekeepers to go home

A major Darfur rebel group said on Sunday that freshly arrived Chinese peacekeepers were not welcome and would be considered as Khartoum's allies in Sudan.

Darfur rebels tell China peacekeepers to go home
"Our position is clear, the Chinese are not here for peace and they must leave immediately," Justice and Equality Movement commander Abdel Aziz el-Nur Asher said the day after more than 100 Chinese engineers arrived in Darfur.

"Otherwise, we will consider the Chinese soldiers as part of the government forces and we will act accordingly," said Asher, who is also a brother of JEM leader Khalil Ibrahim.

The Chinese arrived as part of the vanguard of a joint African Union-UN peacekeeping mission to be in place next year. A total of 315 Chinese engineers are expected in Darfur.

The 26,000-strong force is due to begin peacekeeping operations in Darfur early next year.

The force of mainly Africans will replace an under-funded and ill-equipped 7,000-strong African Union force that has served since 2004.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Kasım 2007, 16:36
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Thi is so ridiculous! China never wanted to send troops there!