Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (L) welcomes Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir at the Royal Palace in Riyadh October 29, 2008.Photo/REUTERS
Two Egyptian military aircraft landed in Kadugli, southern Kordofan yesterday, with a donation of two generators, 50 tents and kitchen equipment for the Sudan’s Joint Integrated Units (JIUs) from the Egyptian Government.
The cargo is the first part of an Egyptian support to the Sudanese JIUs which is supposed to be the nucleus of the future Sudanese army if southern Sudanese vote for a united Sudan in 2011.
Security Council Resolution 1812 of July 31, 2008 stressed the important role of JIUs in implementation of the CPA and urged donors to offer material and training support to enable their full establishment and operational effectiveness as soon as possible.
JIU Deputy Commander Major Gen Abdel Maged Abdallah received the donation on behalf of the JIUs and warmly thanked Egypt for the support.
Representing UNMIS, Force Commander Maj Gen Paban Thapa expressed his gratitude to the Egyptian Government, adding that “this gesture will improve the JIU operational capacities in conducting their tasks related to the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)”.
Four more aircraft are expected to arrive from Cairo in the coming few weeks with four generators, 40 tons of tents and 16 tons of kitchen equipment.
The donation will be distributed throughout Sudan and is expected to cover camp facilities for a total of 3,000 JIU troops. (Suna)