UNITED NATIONS – Sudan has imposed tighter controls on a massive U.N. peacekeeping force while trying to pressure it to leave its troubled Darfur region.
The U.N.'s peacekeeping chief on Thursday told the Security Council that a U.N. team started meeting this week with Sudanese counterparts about an exit strategy after Sudan's government publicly called for the mission to go.
Tensions are high over the U.N.'s attempt to investigate a reported mass rape in a village in unstable Darfur. Sudan last month demanded that the mission remove two human rights experts from a Khartoum liaison office, which peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous calls unacceptable.
Ladsous says Sudan has told the U.N. mission not to work with local officials without checking with the foreign ministry.
Sudan's ambassador says it's time to discuss a departure.