Darfur: Ethiopian troops arrive Sudan

New York- US (PANA) -- A contigent of Ethiopian troops Monday arrived in Sudan to beef up the UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), PANA learnt.
A UN spokesperson, Yves Sorokobi, told PANA at the UN Tuesday that 116 Ethiopian soldiers arrived Monday in Sudan, to join the more than 200 Ethiopian forces wh o have arrived there since Saturday''.
Sorokobi said the deployment of Ethiopian troops was to facilitate the on-going peacekeeping and stability efforts in the volatile Darfur region.
He said that the Ethiopian forces, who will operate in the West Darfur areas of Kulbus and Silea, "are expected to provide engineering support for a water installation and the erection of tents and elect ric power lines.
" Last week, 126 Egyptian military engineers arrived El-Fasher in Darfur to also a dd up to the number of troops in the region.
PANA learnt that currently, only about 10,000 UN-AU troops were on the ground, w ith Nigeria having about 3,000 troops.
PANA reports that at full deployment, UNAMID is expected to have 26,000 troops a nd police officers, as well as civilian personnel, making it the world's largest peacekeeping operation.
The UN-AU hybrid force took over from the 7,000-AU peacekeepers 31 December, 200 7, to end the more than four years of conflict in Sudan's Darfur region.
A recent UN report said that more than 300,000 people have been killed and over 2.
2 million others forced to flee their homes.
Fighting began in 2003 between government forces, rebel groups and a militia gro up known as the Janjaweed and had since then persisted.

19 august 2008 18:49:00




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