Senegalese troops bolster Darfur peacekeeping force

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An additional 150 Senegalese peacekeepers arrived Wednesday in El Fasher, North Darfur, to bring the total number of members in the Senegalese infantry battalion in the troubled region to 834, force commanders said.
The United Nations/African Union Joint Peacekeeping Mission (UNAMID) said the Senegalese troops' arrival was a welcome development in the efforts to boost the peace mission.
"The principal duties of the battalion, which is based in El Geneina, West Darfur, include conducting patrols to enhance security and encourage confidence within the local population, and conducting escorts for humanitarian convoys," it said.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1769 (2007) authorized the deployment of up to 19,555 military personnel, including 360 military observers and liaison officers, and up to 3,772 police personnel and 19 formed police units, comprising 140 personnel each.
To date, the total number of military forces deployed in Darfur totals 12,753.
The Senegalese battalion was part of the original troops that transferred from AMIS to UNAMID on 31 December 2007.

25 february 2009 20:13:00

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