While speaking about the Darfur crisis at the United Nations, the secretary of state warned the Sudanese government that “other measures” were available, should it continue to block a U.N. peacekeeping proposal. Such measures are unlikely to include force, so long as the U.S. maintains troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan while flirting with an invasion of Iran.
The African Union, whose 7,000 soldiers correspondents say are ill-equipped and underfunded, voted this week to extend its mandate, due to run out at the end of the September, for a further three months.
Foreign ministers of the Security Council and representatives of ten other nations agreed to step up pressure on Sudan to accept a UN force by January.
However, Ms Rice did not rule out other options.
“No one intends to appease the government of Sudan. We intend to act,” she said, adding, “There are measures at the disposal of the international community should we not be able to get the agreement of Sudan.”