UN-AU envoy urges UN to consider action against Sudan rebel

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The joint U.N.-African Union envoy for Darfur is calling on the Security Council to consider "stern measures" — likely sanctions — against the Sudan Liberation Army's founder Abdul Wahid Elnur, who has refused to join the peace process.

Jeremiah Mamabolo told the Security Council Monday that "from all accounts, he prefers belligerence and armed struggle to cessation of hostilities and a political process," and "it is highly unlikely that he would change this position any time soon."

As the result of a successful military campaign by Sudan's government, the rebellion in the vast western region of Darfur has been reduced to pockets in the Jebel Marra area where forces loyal to Elnur and government troops still clash.

Mamabolo said by video that elsewhere the security situation remains "relatively calm."