Tuesday, September 26, 2006

UN scrambles for troops for future Darfur force

By Evelyn Leopold

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations got its first pledges of troops for a proposed peacekeeping force in Sudan's Darfur region at a meeting on Monday of 49 potential contributing nations.

Participants at the closed-door session said Norway had offered 250 logistics experts and together with Sweden, a battalion of engineers. Tanzania, Nigeria and Bangladesh pledged infantry soldiers.

But the force, approved by the U.N. Security Council, is still on paper only, with its goal of 22,500 soldiers and police. There is also no sign that Sudan's government will allow the United Nations to take over the African Union operation in Darfur. Read more >>>

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