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[Published: Wednesday August 01 2012]

 UN extends mandate of Darfur peacekeepers

New York, 01 Aug – (ANA) - The United Nations Security Council yesterday extended for another year the mandate of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, and demanded that all parties to the conflict in the Sudanese region immediately end violence and work towards a comprehensive peace settlement. By a vote of 14 in favour, with one abstention, the Council also decided that the uniformed personnel serving with the Mission, known by the acronym UNAMID, will be reconfigured “to focus on the areas of Darfur with the highest security threats.” As a result, the Mission will be reconfigured, over a period of 12 to 18 months, to consist of up to 16,200 military personnel, 2,310 police personnel and 17 police units of up to 140 personnel each. This is in response to a recommendation by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who wrote in his recent report that “the reconfigured force, although smaller in number, would be better equipped and more rapidly deployable than at present to address emerging threats to civilians.” (ANA)

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