SUDAN WATCH: Security situation in Darfur - Nov 12, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Security situation in Darfur - Nov 12, 2009

EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, November 16, 2009/APO/
UNAMID Daily Media Brief 2009-11-15
Filipino civilian police receive peacekeeping medals

On Saturday 14 October, 91 Filipino civilian police officers received peacekeeping medals as a tribute for their activities in the African Union -United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

In his message to the policemen and women, Joint Special Representative ad interim (JSR a.i.), Mr. Henry K. Anyidoho, commended them for their disciplined approach to their duties, selflessness and substantial contribution to the peace process in Darfur.

Police Chief Superintendents of the Philippines, Mr. Vitorio Caragan and Mr. Reynaldo Rafal, were also special guests at the ceremony.

In brief remarks, Mr. Rafal stated that his country was proud to be part of this “worthy endeavour” of peacekeeping to bring peace and development to Darfur.

“As we all know, peacekeeping is a unique and dynamic instrument to help countries torn by conflict to create the conditions for lasting peace. This continuous effort of sending our police force only demonstrates the Philippines’ strong commitment to helping the people of Darfur,” he said.

One hundred and sixty-three police advisors, including 9 women, from the Philippines are currently deployed in UNAMID.

Meanwhile, 99 new police officers from Bangladesh and 1 from Togo arrived in the Mission on Saturday. This pushes the total number of police advisors in UNAMID to 2,844 representing over 75 per cent of the authorized deployment of civilian police. Some 1,816 policemen and women are based in 12 formed police units (FPUs). These represent more than 68 per cent of the authorized number to be deployed in a total of 19 FPUs.

SOURCE: United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)



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