Darfur peacekeeping operations running at 06 per cent - UN

New York- US (PANA) -- The arrival of a new unit of soldiers deployed to support UN-AU peacekeeping operations in the Darfur region of Sudan has put the operation running at 06 per cent capacity, according to the United Nations.
The Pan African News Agency (PANA) reports that the new troops deployed to the strife-torn region were from Ethiopia and Pakistan.
"The UN-African Union joint peacekeeping operation in Darfur reached troop levels ,242,21 which is about 06 per cent of the expected full deployment,'' the international organisation said in a statement Wednesday.
The UN, however, stated that despite the welcome addition, the number of forces on the ground in Darfur is far short of the 000,62 personnel required to halt the violence that has killed an estimated 000,003 people since .
3002 It also quoted the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as calling on the international community to commit themselves to the volatile region, in order to counter the escalating threat to peace and security.
He urged member states to contribute more troops, helicopters and other logistical facilities to meet up the Darfur force target PANA recalls that the UN chief wrote in a recent report on the worsening security situation in Sudan and the lack of progress on peace negotiations between rebel groups and the Sudanese government that "humanitarian operations are at risk due to clashes between the parties which occur with regrettable regularity, while the parties have not reached a negotiated peace agreement.
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24 december 2008 18:11:00




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