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Ethiopia to deploy air force unit, five helicopters in Darfur


By Tesfa-alem Tekle

November 11, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopia has finalized preparations to deploy an air force unit and five helicopters to the African Union/United nation Hybrid peace keeping operation (UNAMID) in the troubled Sudan’s Darfur region, State Ministry of Defense said.

Ethiopian Mi-35 attack helicopter (skyscrapercity.com)Peace keeping centre head within the Ministry Major General Yohanes Gebremeskel today said that Ethiopia will soon be deploying five tactical helicopters and a 200-member air force unit which he said is first of its kind in such operation.

The 26,000member, UNAMID has requested a total of 24 helicopters to effectively carry out its mandate across Darfur region. UN officials in Darfur have cautioned that unless it is well supported with air mobility the hybrid peace keeping Mission in Darfur might fail.

Ethiopia’s infantry battalion has successfully accomplished its peace keeping mission in Burundi and Rwanda and it is currently also playing significant role in the peace keeping operations in Liberia and Darfur.

The Ethiopian military official reaffirmed country’s commitment to take part in continent’s similar peace keeping operations up on request in the future.

Ethiopia has already deployed 1,600-member infantry battalion, one multi-role logistic and a transport company as well as an information unit in Darfur, Yohanes said adding that an additional logistic unit and water well drilling groups will also be deployed in the future.

Ethiopia ranks 10th from the 118 UN member countries and 5th from African in deploying peacekeepers, according to Yahanes.

According to international experts, conflict in Darfur has cost the lives of an estimated 300,000 people but Khartoum puts this figure far lower. It has also forced over 2.7 million to displace.


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  • 12 November 2009 01:46, by Aduol Liet

    Tesfa Alem Tekle.

    We appreicated your contribution brother and perhaps, we would like Ethiopians brothers/sisters to be strongly supporting these African deying in Sudan. We also need Ethiopia government to have ties with Southerners Sudanese people whethere in Business issue nor helping young Southern Sudan government as the history of achievement for the SPLA/SPLM Movement was known in Old Ethiopia government which refer to all Ethiopians people.
    Thanks for your cooperation, we wish we want to stop killing African Tribe in Sudan.

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    • 12 November 2009 03:14, by Dengtaath

      Ethiopia in Africa is one of the strong country militarily and less corrupt, what ever mandate given to them by UN to protect the civilian in the war torn areas such as Rwanda, Burundi and today Western Sudan of Darfure, there is no doubt that their protection is more effective as usual.

      But the whole Africa is nothing, though Ethiopia has commitment to provide the effective protection to the people, I doubt the other Arab countries like Eygpt, Libyia and alike who are involving in peace keeping mission in Darfure. They will never meet the UN mandate and that will affect the effort of Ethiopian military capablity to carry out their mandate effectively.
      Otherwise I respect them for sure.

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    • 12 November 2009 06:05, by Garang Arok

      Ethiopian poition in sudan is subject to ambiguities.Today she sides with khartoum,tomorrow claiming to support peace mission in Darfur.All the board-games being played by Ethiopia is masterminded by khartoum and that really depicts a reiteration of Darfur problems as seen changing from bad to Worse every time any African country claimS the help in kind,system and structureIN THE region ravaged by khartoum with her politics of colours.

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  • 12 November 2009 05:20, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

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    • 12 November 2009 07:43, by BUSTA 2


      What is that nonsense you are posting in this web?
      Check medical doctors please.

      Brother in Christ,

      Busta 2

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  • 12 November 2009 05:24, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    False government of Ethiopia is criminal like Bashir.

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  • 12 November 2009 05:26, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    Why Woyane criminal in Somalia Ogaden and Gambela is deploying. AU is experienced and innocent than woyane.

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  • 12 November 2009 06:43, by Abyei

    Well done Ethiopian , Can you spare for us some of Helicopter’s here on the border side between the North and the South Sudan Up next coming Sepration.

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  • 12 November 2009 09:21, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Tesfa-alem Tekle, your contribution on this Web is highly appreciated. We know that Ethiopians dislike Terrorists, we have seen in Somalia, now they decided for Darfur, this show your commitment to fight Terror where ever they are.
    My advice to you is, keep away from being given Albasher’s Money in order to weaken you from carrying your job with good behavior.

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  • 12 November 2009 11:47, by Ocampo

    Excellent! and Excellent! I really support the motion that rescue the fellow guys especially the Dafurians, please if the government of Ethiopia will embark on more effort to emplement it.

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