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AU, UN receive 90% pledges for its joint mission in Darfur

Posted by African Press International on October 25, 2007


Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The African Union (AU) Commission and the United Nations have got around 90% of their needs for the joint UN-Africa Mission In Darfur, APA learnt on Tuesday.

General Henry Anyidoho the deputy UN /AU representative designate to Darfur told journalists in Addis Ababa that a number of African and non-African countries have pledged to contribute troops for the hybrid force, expected to be deployed in Darfur, beginning 2008.

Still discussions are on going between the AU and UN where they are discussing details on the deployment of the joint forces to Darfur, General Anyidoho said.

He was speaking after attending the closed session of the AU Peace and Security Council meeting held this evening in Addis Ababa to discuss the deployment of the hybrid force to Darfur.

The general indicated that by31 December 2007 transfer of authority from the existing African Mission in Darfur(AMIS) to the United Nations Africa Mission to Darfur (UNAMID) should be completed in order to facilitate the deployment of 19,555 troops and around 6,000 police and military observers.

However, General Anyidoho indicated that there are still shortfalls in critical areas like medium helicopter units and medium heavy transport company as well as one light tactical helicopter unit.

No pledges have been received despite AU-UN efforts. This will have negative impact on the UNAMID operational capability, General Anyidoho added.

According to sources, so far 7,600 African and 1,462 non-African troops were pledged by a number of countries for the hybrid force to Darfur.

This does not include the 7,000 AMIS military personnel that are on the ground. They will join the hybrid force, sources said.

Accordingly, it was reported that 14,284 peace keeping forces, including those 7,000 of AMIS on the ground have been pledged so far.

Ethiopia, Egypt, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, and Nigeria are countries of Africa that pledged 7,600 troops to the hybrid mission in Darfur so far.

Other countries, both African and non-African are still being asked by the AU and UN to contribute troops for the mission.

Published by Korir, API/APN tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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