Posted by: africanpressorganization | 30 May 2009

Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief

 


 

 

Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief

 

 

EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, May 30, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNAMID Daily Media Brief, 29 May 2009

 

UNAMID’s new Deputy Force Commander joins Mission

The new Deputy Force Commander of UNAMID, Maj. Gen. Mbutyana Duma Dumisani of South Africa, arrived today in El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur and the headquarters of the Mission, to begin work with UNAMID.

 

This is Maj. Gen. Dumisani’s third stint in the field of international peacekeeping. He served with an African Union force in Burundi (AMIB) in 2002 and then with the United Nations force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) between 2005 and 2007.

 

The Deputy Force Commander said he plans to focus on tackling UNAMID’s enormous logistical and deployment challenges, as well as overall security issues, while serving with the Mission.

 

“If you want to have a Mission up and running at its full force, then you have got to resolve the problems of logistics and deployment,” he said after his arrival today.

 

Maj. Gen. Dumisani, who succeeds Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Karenzi of Rwanda as Deputy Force Commander, will formally begin his duties on 31 May.

 

New batch of Jordanian police officers arrive in El Fasher

Nearly 40 Jordanian police officers arrived today in El Fasher to start work with UNAMID. The 39 officers will be deployed around the region after completing their induction training over the next two weeks. The new arrivals are the latest batch of police officers to join UNAMID – this week more than 60 officers from Sierra Leone arrived, and earlier this month two Bangladeshi formed police units (FPUs), each comprising 140 officers, and 52 Filipino police advisers also started work.

 

Deadly carjacking near El Geneina

A Sudanese man was shot dead late yesterday after apparently trying to intervene during the carjacking of a UNAMID vehicle near the Mission’s base in El Geneina, West Darfur. Four UNAMID police advisers were speaking with a local landlord about possible accommodation when they were attacked by two armed men and their vehicle was carjacked. The landlord was shot as he tried to intervene. The armed men escaped with the vehicle, which was later recovered. Sudanese police are investigating the killing.

 

Security Situation in Darfur

The overall security situation in Darfur has been relatively calm during the past 24 hours. In that period UNAMID’s military component has conducted 54 confidence-building patrols, escorts and night patrols, while the Mission’s police component carried out 133 patrols and escorts.

 

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)


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