NATO: 2,000 African Union peacekeepers airlifted to Darfur
"In July, NATO has airlifted over 1,300 additional African Union peacekeepers into Darfur. The Alliance will continue to airlift additional peacekeepers into Darfur in August and September.Further details on the airlift operation in yesterday's post here at Sudan Watch.
NATO agreed on 8 June 2005 to help the African Union expand its peacekeeping mission in Darfur.
NATO's airlift mission began on 1 July. Since then United States C-130 and C-17 aircraft has moved approximately 680 troops to the region, while the United Kingdom supported the airlift of another 680 troops.
The Alliance's support is being closely coordinated with the African Union and with other international actors, particularly the European Union and the United Nations.
In addition to further airlifts, NATO will help to train African Union personnel in key headquarters functions such as command and control, logistics and planning.
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First NATO airlift of civilian police into Darfur
NATO update August 7-10, 2005:
On 7 August, NATO airlifted a team of 49 African Union civilian police as well as an additional 533 military peacekeepers into Darfur.Background
This is the first time that NATO has assisted in airlifting civilian police into Darfur. The airlift was carried out by the United States, in the framework of the Alliance's support to the African Union.
Enhancing NATO's support
Since July, the Alliance has been helping the African Union strengthen its peacekeeping mission in the region by airlifting forces from African troop-contributing countries into Darfur.
To date it has airlifted about 1,900 African troops into the region.
At the beginning of August, the African Union requested that NATO also assist in the transport of civilian police.
The North Atlantic Council, the Alliance's principal decision-making body, agreed to the request on 5 August. It is being carried out in close coordination with the European Union, which has the lead on police matters in Darfur.
Further airlifts are scheduled for September.
Re NATO's assistance to the African Union for Darfur, see NATO's article What does this mean in practice?
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