[dehai-news] (UNAMID) Ethiopian army in Darfur


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From: Biniam Tekle (biniamt@dehai.org)
Date: Wed Dec 17 2008 - 08:48:31 EST


Arrival of the Main body of the Ethiopian Infantry Battalion to UNAMID

El Fasher, 16 December 2008 -- The first batch of the main body of the
Ethiopian Infantry Battalion, consisting of 107 personnel, arrived today in
El Geneina, West Darfur. The remaining 412 personnel are scheduled to arrive
between 17-19 December. The new peacekeepers will be joining 341 Ethiopian
peacekeepers already deployed in Kulbus, West Darfur, bringing the total
number of the Ethiopian Infantry battalion to 860.

In addition, later this month, UNAMID is also expecting the arrival of the
Ethiopian Recce Company consisting of 120 personnel; the Ethiopian Medium
Transport Company consisting of 125 personnel and the Ethiopian Multi-role
Logistic Unit comprising of 300 personnel.

Their principal duties will include conducting security patrols within their
area of responsibility, to enhance security and encourage confidence within
the local population, and conduct escorts for humanitarian convoys.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1769 (2007) authorized the
deployment of up to 19,555 military personnel, including 360 military
observers and liaison officers and up to 3,772 police personnel and 19
formed police units comprising of up to 140 personnel each. To date, the
total number of military forces deployed in Darfur totals 10,708.

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