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Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2008, Official Report, column 2712W, on Sudan: peacekeeping operations, which United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur troop contributing countries have (a) requested and (b) received assistance with (i) the provision of equipment and (ii) training packages; and if he will make a statement. (196969)

Some countries that have agreed to contribute troops to the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) require assistance to enable them to deploy. The UK will play its part in providing that assistance. In announcing the National Security Strategy, the Prime Minister confirmed that the UK will support with £4 million an international programme to train and equip African troops for UNAMID. The training and equipment needs have yet to be finalised, and we continue to work closely with the UN and partners to agree the full package needed.