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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she expects the hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force in Darfur to be implemented. (110382)

The UN-African Union (AU) hybrid peacekeeping force in Darfur will be implemented as the third and final phase of increased UN support to the AU mission. We want this to happen as soon as possible. The force was agreed at the High Level Consultation on Darfur in Addis Ababa on 16 November. The first phase is a light support package of logistical and material support that is currently being implemented. It will be followed by a heavy package that is being finalised between the UN and the AU and will prepare the ground for deployment of the full hybrid force. It will be vital that the necessary infrastructure, training and equipment is in place before the full force is deployed.