Sudan pressures U.N. as it reviews Darfur force

The expulsions follow Bashir’s call for a “clear program” to end the joint mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, established in 2007 to protect civilians caught in a 2003 conflict between rebels and the government.

Sudan’s government is stepping up pressure on the United Nations as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares recommendations on the future of a joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in the country’s violence-wracked Darfur region.

In the government’s latest move, President Omar al-Bashir ordered the expulsion of two top U.N. officials, a decision condemned by the secretary-general Thursday as “unacceptable.” The U.N. chief called on Sudan’s government to reverse its decision immediately.
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