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Peacekeeping in Darfur extended

August 01, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The U.N. Security Council approved another year of peacekeeping in Sudan's Darfur region despite sharp divisions among member nations over genocide charges filed against Sudan's president.

The United States supports the peacekeeping mission but abstained from the council's 14-0 vote. It objects to language in the resolution that notes that the African Union wants the council to freeze the International Criminal Court's prosecution of Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir.

U.S. spokesman Richard Grenell said that the language sent the wrong signal to a man who the U.S. believes presided over genocide.

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