Posted by: africanpressorganization | 13 August 2008

Sudan / Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General


Sudan / Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General


KARTHUM, Sudan, August 13, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UN-AU Mission in Darfur says that 129 Egyptian engineering personnel arrived today at El Fasher airport.  Their arrival has completed the full deployment of the Egyptian Engineering Company, which consists of 335 personnel in all.  The next major deployment is of the Ethiopian battalion, which is expected to take place over the weekend.


Now that it is at full strength, the Egyptian Company is capable of efficient performance under extremely tough conditions.  With more self-sustaining troops deploying, it is hoped the UNAMID will soon reach the capacity it needs to meet its mandate and live up to the expectations of the people of Darfur and the international community.  And we do expect to have General Agwai as our noon-briefing guest to talk to you more about UNAMID’s work.


Meanwhile, on the humanitarian front, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that life-saving activities continue to be delivered in all accessible areas of Darfur.  However, armed conflicts, including aerial bombings by the Government, have been reported in all three Darfurs, and targeted attacks against aid workers and restrictions by the Sudanese Government are restricting the humanitarian response.


In July, targeted attacks against humanitarian groups and their assets reached alarming levels, with one NGO guard being killed, six humanitarian workers wounded and 21 humanitarian vehicles hijacked or stolen.  Armed men broke into 33 humanitarian premises during that month.



SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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