UN mission reduces military personnel in Sudan’s Darfur

On 19 October 2017, UNAMID officially handed over the Mission’s team site in Tine, North Darfur, to the Government of Sudan. The handover, attended by government officials and UNAMID representatives, is part of the Mission’s ongoing reconfiguration as mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 2363. Photo by Mohamad Almahady, UNAMID.

United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Sunday announced that it has been reducing its military personnel in Sudan’s Darfur.

Some 1,440 military personnel and 240 police components have been reduced in line with the newly adopted UN Security Council Resolution (2363).

The spokesperson of UNAMID’s Joint Special Representative, Ashraf Eissa said at a press conference that since the beginning of the reconfiguration process, two battalions of the mission’s military components, a Nigerian and Pakistani, each with 720 personnel, have been reduced.

“Two police units, a Bangladesh and a Senegalese, each with 120 personnel, have also been reduced,” Eissa further added. 

He confirmed that the ongoing Phase 1 of the reconfiguration process is expected to be completed by January 2018, thus according to Xinhua

“At the end of Phase 1, we will be reducing our authorized ceiling for uniformed personnel to 11,395 military and 2,888 police,” he added.

According to Eissa, phase 2 involves a further reduction of military personnel to 8,735 and police personnel to 2,500 by June 30, 2018.

Phase 1 will be reviewed by  the end of January 2018, whereby Phase 2 shall commence.

In the meantime, the spokesperson stated that the mission has closed 11 team sites across Darfur according to the timelines provided by the UN headquarters in New York and the Security Council.

The UN Security Council has recently adopted Resolution (2363) on reconfiguration of the UNAMID in two phases, each lasts six months, the report said. 

The UNAMID is considered the second biggest peacekeeping mission in the world, after the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In 2008, the UNAMID was deployed in Darfur, a region that has been witnessing military clashes between the Sudanese army and the rebels since 2003.

UN statistics shows that the clashes have left 300,000 dead and displaced around 2.5 million other

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