African Union sends more troops in Sudan's Darfur

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union military component in the troubled Darfur, western Sudan, would stand at 597 troops by the weekend, the AU Commission disclosed here Friday.
As part of its efforts aimed at strengthening the African Union Mission in the Sudan (AMIS), the AU Thursday positioned in the region another group of 50 military personnel from Nigeria.
The first batches of Nigerian and Rwandan troops were sent to Darfur in August 2004.
"This deployment of Nigerian troops will be followed by the deployment on 30 October of 237 troops from Rwanda," the AU Commission said.
It said the additional deployment was decided by the 17th meeting of the Peace and Security Council of the AU held on 20 October 2004.
The Council decided that AMIS shall comprise 3,320 personnel, including 2,341 military personnel, among them 450 observers, and up to 815 civilian police.
More troops from Nigeria and other African countries were expected to be deployed in the following days, the Commission said.

29 october 2004 10:24:00

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