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George Clooney viste denne uken at filmen Good Night. And Good Luck ikke var noe moteblaff, da han stilte foran Sikkerhetsrådet med Elie Wiesel og sa at ansvaret for Darfur-befolkningens liv lå på rådets skuldre.

Det er to juker til African Union-styrken på 7.000 mann må trekke seg ut. Regjeringen i Khartoum nekter en FN-styrke å slippe inn. Dermed er befolkningen i Darfur uten beskyttelse og det er ikke vanskelig å forestille seg hva som kommer til å skje.

«The United States has called it genocide,» Clooney told council members. «For you it’s called ethnic cleansing. But make no mistake — it is the first genocide of the 21st century. And if it continues unchecked it will not be the last.»

In stark words he told the U.N. diplomats: «In many ways it is unfair, but it is nonetheless true that this genocide will be on your watch. How you deal with it will be your legacy, your Rwanda, your Cambodia, your Auschwitz.»

«We were brought up to believe that the U.N. was formed to ensure that the Holocaust could never happen again. We believe in you so strongly. We need you so badly. If not the U.N., then who?» Clooney asked.

Wiesel also urged council members to send peacekeepers. «You are the last political recourse of Darfur victims and you can stop it.»

«Remember Rwanda?» Wiesel said. «I do. Six hundred thousand to 800,000 human beings were murdered. We knew then as we know now they could have been saved and they were not.»

President al-Bashir deltar på toppmøtet til de alliansefrie landene på Cuba. Han uttalte seg like avvisende om en FN-styrke. Man undres på om ikke de alliansefrie landene har kommet lenger.
Her deltar India, Kina, Pakistan og Malaysia. Ville ikke Darfur vært et naturlig tema?

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Saturday he did not want a U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur under any circumstances.

«We don’t want the United Nations back to Sudan no matter the conditions,» he said at a news conference during the Non-Aligned Summit in Cuba.

«We have met with (U.N. Secretary General) Kofi Annan and we have clarified in detail that we reject the decision of the Security Council,» he said.

AP