Posted by: africanpressorganization | 17 November 2008

Darfur / Egyptian infantry battalion has begun deploying in Darfur




Darfur / Egyptian infantry battalion has begun deploying in Darfur


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, November 17, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general And the spokesperson for the general assembly president


On Darfur, the Egyptian infantry battalion has begun deploying in Darfur, as part of the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNAMID).


The first batch of 164 personnel arrived in El Fasher yesterday, and further personnel of the same battalion, comprising 326 personnel, are expected to arrive today and tomorrow.


They will be deployed in Umm Kadada, North Darfur, where they will join the 177-member advance party that is already on the ground.


The rest of the battalion, consisting of 184 personnel, is expected to arrive at the end of this year.


Egypt’s contribution to UNAMID includes a Signal Company, Engineering Company, a Heavy Transport Company and another Infantry Battalion that is expected to arrive in the near future.


In addition to the 10 battalions currently on the ground from Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa, UNAMID is expecting an additional eight infantry battalions from Egypt, Ethiopia, Thailand, Senegal, Burkina Faso, and Tanzania.



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


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