SUDAN WATCH: NATO says AU asks for more Darfur help

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

NATO says AU asks for more Darfur help

"The AU has asked NATO to extend its support. NATO has already taken a decision to be willing to do it, so that will now go forward," NATO spokesman James Appathurai said.

He added that the AU had requested more help in airlift of troops and training until end-September, noting that by then it should have handed over leadership of the peace mission to the United Nations.

"It means a limited number of NATO personnel there. From what has been agreed now between NATO and the AU it would not require a significant expansion of the numbers we have now," he said, adding NATO has had at most 15 trainers on the ground.

Full report by Reuters May 24, 2006.


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