Cooperation crucial to deployment of troops to Darfur

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The UN, AU and the Sudanese Government have met again to discuss the continuing deployment and recruitment of troops and other staff to the joint AU-UN peacekeeping mission in the war-torn Darfur region.
Representatives from the UN, the AU and the Government gathered yesterday in Khartoum for the sixth meeting of the Tripartite Mechanism to discuss deployment issues and the way forward for the mission, which is known as UNAMID.
The participants stressed that partnership and cooperation are essential to ensure the continued deployment of troops, noting that UNAMID has recently reached almost 69 % of the mandated strength of its force deployment, UN News Centre reports.
Participants also voiced their determination to remove all remaining impediments to deployment, and to help all Sudanese, especially Darfurians, who have been affected by war, displacement and insecurity.
Other issues discussed included air operations, approvals for visas into Sudan, procurement and the recruitment of national staff members, who comprise two-thirds of UNAMID`s civilian personnel.
The seventh Tripartite Mechanism meeting will be held in New York in September on the margins of the General Assembly`s annual high-level debate.