Darfur peacekeeping operations running at 60 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 operatio n running at 60 per cent capacity, according to the United Nations.
The Pan African News Agency (PANA) reports that the new troops deployed to the s trife-torn region were from Ethiopia and Pakistan.
"The UN-African Union joint peacekeeping operation in Darfur reached troop level s 12,242, which is about 60 per cent of the expected full deployment,'' the inte r national 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 26,000 personnel required to halt th e violence that has killed an estimated 300,000 people since 2003.
It also quoted the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as calling on the internatio nal community to commit themselves to the volatile region, in order to counter t h e escalating threat to peace and security.
He urged member states to contribute more troops, helicopters and other logistic al facilities to meet up the Darfur force target PANA recalls that the UN chief wrote in a recent report on the worsening securit y situation in Sudan and the lack of progress on peace negotiations between rebe l groups and the Sudanese government that "humanitarian operations are at risk du e to clashes between the parties which occur with regrettable regularity, while t h e parties have not reached a negotiated peace agreement.

25 december 2008 13:40:00

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