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Sudan steps up pressure on UN as it reviews Darfur force

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 Sudan's government is stepping up pressure on the United Nations as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares recommendations on the future of a joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in the country's violence-wracked Darfur region.

   In the government's latest move, President Omar al-Bashir ordered the expulsion of two top U.N. officials, a move condemned by the secretary-general Thursday as "unacceptable." Ban called on Sudan's government to reverse its decision immediately.

   The expulsions follow al-Bashir's call on Nov. 30 for a "clear program" to end the joint mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, which was established in 2007 to protect civilians.

   U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that the secretary-general is working on the strategic review of UNAMID ordered by the Security Council on Aug. 27, which is due by the end of February.

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