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The UN’s legitimation of the AU–UN response in Darfur

This chapter clarifies the context in which the AU successfully registered its claim with the UNSC to take the political and military lead in the peace operation for Darfur in 2003-4. Having put an AU-backed plan in motion, the African leaders showed a clear preference to obtain a UNSC approval. The chapter explores how the AU’s claim was received in the UNSC and what other legitimacy claims theirs had to compete with. As we shall see, while there was no united rival agenda to the AU’s position, the UNSC’s deliberations on Darfur were still marked by intense normative argumentation.