The United Nations will have a peacekeeping force ready to merge with African Union soldiers in Sudan's embattled Darfur region by Dec. 31, officials said.
In New York, Jane Holl Lute, the U.N.'s assistant secretary-general for peacekeeping, told Voice of America more than 30,000 people will be participating, including 19,000 military personnel, some 6,400 police officers, and between 4,000 and 5,000 civilian employees.
She said a headquarters would be set up in the northwestern Sudanese city of El Fasher in October, and a merging of the U.N.-AU mission would be ready for the end of the year.
Lute said the U.N. portion of the budget is still being worked out, but estimates the mission will cost more than $2 billion a year, the report said.
In the meantime, officials are working out some logistical problems, such as acquiring aircraft and ensuring water supplies, but there was also progress on other fronts.
"We are hitting the target of a predominantly African force and we are very pleased about that," she said.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ağustos 2007, 19:02