The UN secretary genera, Ban Ki-moon said he would send two high-level envoys to the EU-Africa summit in Lisbon to press Sudan to accept non-African contingents from Thailand, Nepal, Sweden and Norway in the peacekeeping force which is due to be fully deployed in January. Mr Ban also said the new mission had been held back by its lack of 24 helicopters, vital for operating in a war-torn region the size of France. The 26,000-strong force will replace the African Union observer mission struggling to protect civilians in the western Sudanese province, where more than 200,000 people have died since 2003. A further 2m people have fled their homes. ps:......and if it all goes tits up, somebody smother our glorious leader before he can stick his neb in!