UN: Situation in Sudan’s Darfur Region has improved
The United Nations’ peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix says security in Sudan’s Darfur Region “has changed radically for the better”.
Lacroix’s comments come as the UN and African Union (AU) recommend significant cuts to joint security forces in the region, where a peacekeeping mission has been in operation since 2007. He says the mission will now focus on the most precarious parts of the region following a review by the UN and AU.
Situation in Darfur improved
The Darfur conflict began in 2003 when ethnic Africans accused the predominantly Arab government of discrimination and rebelled against the state. Sudan’s government has been accused of arming local Arab tribes in response to the unrest. While the government denies these accusations, conflict in the region has continued ever since although recent military campaigns have reduced the rebellion to a single force mostly active in western Jebel Marra.
This is where the UN and AU say peacekeeping operations will focus from now on.
This time last year, UNAMID had a ceiling of 15,845 military personnel and 3,403 police officers active in Darfur. This was reduced to 8,735 military and 2,500 police in January 2018. Now, the UN and AU are proposing further cuts that would leave 4,050 military personnel and 1,870 police officers operating in the UNAMID peacekeeping mission.
Peacekeeping chief Lacroix says the mission will also focus on recovery projects and development in the region.
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