Norway and Sweden confirm participation in Darfur info
| Norway and Sweden have confirmed that they will contribute a joint engineer force to the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Sudan for a period of up to 12 months. |
The aim for the joint Norwegian-Swedish effort is to have the the force in place by the end of 2007.
The force will consist of about 26 000 personnel, of which about 19 500 will be military. UNAMID will thus be the UN’s largest peace operation. The force’s main task will be to protect civilians and support the implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement.
In a joint statement, the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr StÝre say that Norway and Sweden consider it important to assist the UN in its efforts to create peace in Darfur, and that it is crucial that progress is made in the political talks between the parties to the conflict.
Together with the AU, the UN is now making preparations for a joint mission to support the international community’s efforts to resolve the crisis in Darfur.
At the same time peace negotiations are being conducted, led by Salim Ahmed Salim (for the AU) and former Swedish Foreign Minister Jan Eliasson (for the UN).
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