The latest report for the UN Security Council prepared by the UN's top envoy, Jan Pronk of The Netherlands, calls for nothing concrete.
The present UN and AU personnel in Darfur are standing by and watching civilians being attacked. They have not been given the power by the UN Security Council or African Union to protect and defend. The Government of Sudan is losing control of its security forces.
The UN Security Council will hold a formal meeting in Nairobi on November 18-19, only the fourth time it has done so outside UN headquarters in New York since 1952.
News reports say the meeting, concerning the whole of Sudan, will consist mainly of setting out timeframes and timetables with plans to provide more carrots but few, if any, sticks.
A few weeks ago I left strong words (yet again) at a British Member of Parliament's weblog that suggest the UK ask China to please send 80,000 of their special police to Darfur. I emailed a copy to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Yesterday, I left pressurising words at the weblog of a high profile British Conservative Member of Parliament.
My last post here "Rwanda in Slow Motion" dated November 1st called for the resignation of Kofi Annan. Maybe the only way to get the UN to take action is to threaten its existence.
If any reader has the skills to put up an online petition calling for the resignation of Kofi Annan, please email here asap if you, or anyone you know, can help. We'd have one week to get word of it to mainstream media, which in turn would reach the eyes of the UN Security Council.
Time has run out for the people of Darfur. Please read the following posts very carefully. Thank you - from Ingrid in the U.K.