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UN announces commitment to the deployment of 80% of the UNAMID troops by end of March
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Nov 17, 2008 - 6:47:49 AM

In the meeting of the tripartite mechanism: UN announces commitment to the deployment of 80% of the UNAMID troops by end of March


Khartoum, Nov. 16 (SUNA) - The United Nations announced its commitment to deploy some 60% of the UNAMID troops in Darfur by the end of current year and deployment of 80% by the end of next March. This came in the meeting of the tripartite mechanism of the Sudan, African Union and United Nations, held at the Diplomatic Club in Khartoum Sunday. In this regard, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Department of Field Support Susana Malcorra said in a statement to the press following the meeting that she is confident that the required troops will be deployed on time. She described the meeting as constructive and discussed all issues, pointing out that another meeting will be held in January to set the priorities of the United Nations-African Union Mission (UNAMID) in a view that the government of Sudan has agreed on the action plans on this connection. Meanwhile, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of the Sudanese side, Dr. Mutrif Siddiq, said the meeting reviewed what had been agreed upon during the previous meeting which was held in October. Commenting on the deadline set by the UN to deploy 80% of the UNAMID, Dr. Siddiq expressed hope that this percentage be met, explaining that Sudan would work to assist them to reach that end. The Sudanese government has fulfilled its commitments and that the UN is committed to the agreement with regard to the support to the infrastructures, namely airports, roads and railways in order to pave the way for the deployment process. He explained that the agreement faces no impediments and that it is going on smoothly. It's to be noted that the African Union side was chaired by the Joint AU-UN Special Representative for Darfur, Mr. Rodolphe Adada. MF/ BT

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