Norway and Sweden confirm participation in Darfur




 
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August 20th, 2007  
sunb!
 
 

Topic: Norway and Sweden confirm participation in Darfur


Source: Norwaypost

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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).
August 21st, 2007  
A Can of Man
 
 
Go get 'em!
August 22nd, 2007  
KJ
 
 
I predict a few force protection missions will be sent that way as well.

The force is not big enough for that area.

//KJ.
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August 22nd, 2007  
A Can of Man
 
 
It'll be stressful for the military as I'm sure for the politicians it will be mostly for "look, see? We did something!"
Good luck to you if you get deployed.
Though I was never shot at, I know a few things about being badly understaffed.
August 23rd, 2007  
LeEnfield
 
 
Under the terms laid down by the UN it would be better to stay out of the area until such times of the rules of engagement high been tighten up. The troops that are sent to to Darfur will not be allowed to disarm any one or interfere in any unless they are being attacked. So if these bandits start shooting at the the refugees there is very little this force can do except stand and watch.
August 23rd, 2007  
A Can of Man
 
 
With the militia laughing at their faces.
Superb.
August 23rd, 2007  
phoenix80
 
 
this is good news... Europe must do more now and this is better than doing nothing and let those poor guy get slaughtered...
August 24th, 2007  
bulldogg
 
 
These ROE's are going to lead to a possible Srebrenica.
August 24th, 2007  
A Can of Man
 
 
The issue is they may get slaughtered regardless of troop presence.

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Originally Posted by phoenix80
this is good news... Europe must do more now and this is better than doing nothing and let those poor guy get slaughtered...
August 25th, 2007  
bulldogg
 
 
Politicians never learn because they aren't the ones who bleed when they **** up.
 


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