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Sudan pledges cooperation with Darfur force

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Sudan has said it will cooperate with deployment of U.N. and African Union troops and police to quell violence in Darfur. The announcement came after Tuesday’s UN Security Council vote to send 26,000 peacekeepers. The UN mission will be able to use force to protect civilians but troops will not be able to seize illegal arms. There was also no threat of sanctions if Sudan fails to comply with the UN resolution. Sudan’s ambassador to the UN, Abdalmahood Abdalhaleem Mohamad, said: “The removal of the sanctions from the text makes it a little bit healthier because there was no justification for that whatsoever, and we would like from now on give more attention to the peace process” The mission, which will protect the world’s biggest aid operation, was authorised with the support of China, a Sudanese ally, following lengthy diplomatic negotiations.