UN criticises Darfur raid

UN Security Council members on Monday condemned the weekend attack that killed 10 peacekeepers in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region, but could not agree on language for a formal statement.

UN Security Council members on Monday condemned the weekend attack that killed 10 peacekeepers in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region, but could not agree on language for a formal statement.

Ghana's UN ambassador Leslie Christian, who chairs the 15-member council this month, said no agreement could be reached on a formal statement on Saturday's attack during Monday's closed-door session.

"The recent attack on African Union peacekeepers in Haskanita, South Darfur, was condemned," Christian said. "There was a demand that no effort should be spared so that the perpetrators are brought to justice." The attack by a large organised group of heavily armed men, who overran southern Darfur's Haskanita camp in 30 vehicles, was the worst assault on the peacekeeping force since July 2004. - Sapa-AF

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