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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

African Union Warned Against Letting Sudan Lead

[b]African Union Warned Against Letting Sudan Lead[/b]

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

[b]United Nations, 26 November, (IPS): [/b]Sudan, which has been lambasted for human rights violations and genocide in the beleaguered province of Darfur, is expected to be elected chair of the 53-member African Union (AU) next year following a summit meeting of African heads of state in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum in late January.

The possibility of Sudan leading the AU, the largest gathering of African states, has evoked strong protests from human rights organizations and African activist groups in the United States.

"The African Union has shown important leadership on the crisis in Darfur -- brokering the initial ceasefire between the government and the rebels, hosting ongoing peace talks, and deploying up to 7,000 troops to the region," Ann-Louise Colgan of the Washington-based Africa Action told IPS.

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