Friday, September 19, 2008

Darfur force only at 'half strength' by end of the year

Darfur's much-needed peacekeeping force will barely be at half-strength by the end of the year, far short of earlier promises, a senior United Nations official has admitted.

This compares to the 26,000 troops and police supposed to be deployed under the joint UN and African Union force, Unamid, and is still far short of the 80 percent strength earlier promised by the end of 2008.

At his first news conference at the UN's New York headquarters on Wednesday, Mr Le Roy told reporters, "I think 80 percent sadly has been, as far as I know so far, a bit optimistic".

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h/t Sharpes Sortie


Richard Sharpe said...

This phrase is the clincher:

Sudan's government had also blocked some aspects of the force's operations.

kae said...