Sudan ambassador commends Egypt's peace efforts

Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The Sudanese ambassador in Egypt on Thursday commended Cai ro's efforts to restore peace and stability in Sudan.
Abdel Moneim Mabrouk in a statement released in Egypt praised their North Africa n neighbour's steadfast stance regarding achieving a political settlement in Sud a n's troubled Darfur region, the semiofficial MENA news agency reported.
He added that Egypt's participation in the new United Nations-African Union join t peacekeeping force in the western Sudanese region "reveals profound historical relations between the two countries in all domains".
The statement from the Sudanese ambassador comes only days after a UN peacekeepi ng convoy was attacked on Monday by what officials said were portions of the Sud a nese army as it traveled to Tine in western Darfur.
Egypt is to make up a considerable portion of troops in the revamped UN mission in Darfur.
The complete Egyptian troop contingent of 1,200 soldiers and policeme n is expected by mid-February, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has said.
The UN force is to attempt to end nearly five years of fighting in the troubled Darfur region that has killed over 200,000 people and left at least another one m illion homeless.
By the end of February, the UN hopes the majority of the troops will be on the g round.

11 january 2008 22:00:00

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