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Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what countries have made commitments to the UNAMID force for Darfur. (201381)

Countries that have offered troops and that are scheduled to deploy with the force of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur include Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Egypt, Gambia, Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Nepal and the Netherlands.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether UNAMID the joint AU/UN force for Darfur has a Chapter 7 mandate from the UN; and if he will make a statement. (201382)

The UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1769 mandates the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) under Chapter VII of the UN Charter in respect of the tasks set out for UNAMID in operative paragraph 15 of that resolution.

The UK was instrumental in securing unanimous adoption of UNSCR 1769 on 31 July 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what countries have made definite commitments of helicopters to UNAMID in Darfur. (201383)

Ethiopia is contributing four light tactical helicopters to the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur. No other country has made a definite commitment to provide helicopters and we continue to explore with the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations all possible options for the provision of helicopters.