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Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in identifying countries with the capability to contribute to the police units for the joint UN-AU hybrid force in Darfur; which countries have pledged to contribute; and what each has pledged to contribute. (226075)

When fully deployed, the UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur will include 19 Formed Police Units (FPUs) of up to 140 police officers each, in addition to 3,772 individual police officers. An FPU from Bangladesh is already deployed in Darfur, and FPUs from Nepal, Indonesia (two), Nigeria (two), Senegal, Egypt, Togo and Bangladesh (two) are scheduled to deploy by the end of 2008. We understand the UN has received further pledges for additional FPUs including from Uganda, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria, Gambia, Rwanda, and Cameroon.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the security situation in Darfur on the number of police patrols UNAMID is able to perform around refugee camps at night. (226089)

Security around refugee camps is improving as more Formed Police Units arrive in Darfur. Most police patrols are in daylight hours. They are being extended to midnight where sufficient manpower and four wheel drive vehicles are available. In some cases, such as around Kalma camp, 24 hour patrolling is now in operation. As additional personnel and vehicles become available, the number of night patrols will increase.