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Australia to join Darfur mission, Rudd reports

Australia to join Darfur mission, Rudd reports

Australia will join international efforts in Sudan's Darfur by sending a small military team to join a United Nation's mission in the conflict zone, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said yesterday.
The nine Australian defense Force logisticians will be part of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Darfur which aims to help restore peace and stability in the region, he said.
"Darfur has been a continuing tragedy and the Australian government has a responsibility to act and this contribution demonstrates our commitment to the UN and restoring peace and stability in Darfur," Rudd said.
Rudd said the team, which must still be approved by the Sudanese government, was small because the Sudanese government had reservations about large contributions from western countries.
"So they've asked us for help and what I've said was we'll provide what we can through the Australian defense Force. It's a modest contribution," he told Network Ten.
"We've operated within the constraints of the host government, but we've got to act and help in a practical way," he said.


Updated : 2021-05-17 03:02 GMT+08:00