3,200 Peacekeepers Pledged on Mission to Darfur

The African Union’s peace and security council Wednesday formally agreed to send as many as 3,200 African peacekeepers to the Darfur region of Sudan to help halt violence that has contributed to the deaths of more than 70,000 people and driven more than a million from their homes. The African force would have a mandate to monitor abuses of civilians in Darfur and ensure the delivery of humanitarian relief to hundreds of thousands of displaced people. It would monitor compliance by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups with a cease-fire agreement and provide limited protection to civilians “whom it encounters under imminent threat,” according to a statement released by the organization in Addis Ababa. Full Story

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