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Africa: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the condition set out in UN Resolution 1769 that the UN-AU hybrid peacekeeping force will be predominantly African will be met. (165954)

The UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is generating the African Union (AU)/UN hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) force, in consultation with the AU, and has received pledges from a number of African countries. The DPKO is now conducting pre-deployment assessments. Until these assessments are completed, the DPKO cannot confirm UNAMID's composition. We continue to press the DPKO, the AU and the Government of Sudan for the prompt deployment of an effective UNAMID force.