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Sudan to expel AU force from Darfur

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Sept 1, 2006 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan has decided to expel African Union force from the troubled Darfur region. The decision is taken by Khartoum twenty-four hours after the adoption of a UN resolution on Darfur peacekeeping mission.

Rwandan troops arrive on a U.S. Air Force C-130 cargo plane at El Fasher airport in Darfur, October 30, 2004 .

According to London based Asharq Al-Awsat, the Sudanese government has decided to end the AU mission in Darfur after the AU approval for UN takeover in Darfur.

Sudanese president had warned the AU against any support to the UN takeover.

The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution Thursday to send a UN peacekeeping force in Sudan’s Darfur region to help improve the humanitarian condition there.

The resolution calls for up to 22,500 UN troops and police officers and an immediate injection of air, engineering and communication support for the 7,000-member African force.

(ST)

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