US Ambassador John Danforth said Friday that Washington wants the UN Security Council to do something "extraordinary" about the Sudan crisis, and that is "to convene...at the site of the peace negotiations in Kenya." Danforth commented that such an act would stress the importance of reaching a peaceful resolution to the 21-year-old civil war in the country.
Overseas trips for the Council are not entirely unprecedented; in June 2004 a Security Council mission led by British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry visited 7 West African countries on a fact-finding mission. In September, the Council passed a resolution threatening santions on Sudan's oil trade unless security is restored to the Darfur region, where there have been reports of genocide and war crimes. JURIST's Paper Chase has continuing coverage of the Sudan situation here. Reuters has more.