ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- A 150-strong troop from Rwandawill fly on Friday from
Kigali, the country's capital, directly to Al-Fashir, northern part of
Sudan's troubled region of Darfur, the African Union (AU) confirmed here
"The AU and the Rwanda government are ready to deploy the AU force to
Al-Fashir directly from Kigali on Aug. 14, 2004 as planned," said an AU official
who asked not to be named.
"Until today, there is no change of the plan in deploying the first group
of the 300 African forces and everything goes as planned," said the official.
An official of Sudanese embassy here also confirmed the troop'sdeployment
but declined to comment whether this is a part of the larger African
peacekeeping forces or protection forces as initially talked about.
"We are not formally informed about the African peacekeeping forces, once
we are informed we will then stated our position," said the official on
condition of anonymity.
Aside from Rwanda, some other African countries including SouthAfrica,
Tanzania, Senegal have also expressed their willingness tosend troops to the
Darfur as peacekeeping forces if the AU asks them to do so. Enditem