UN to halve its joint AU peacekeeping force in Darfur

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The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix said Monday, it plans to halve its joint peacekeeping force with the African Union in Darfur.

The latest plan will see the reduction of troops from 8,735 to 4,050 by June 2019, while police would be reduced from 2,500 to 1,870.

Lacroix told the Security Council, the situation in Darfur has changed dramatically in the right direction since the peak of the conflict.

The peacekeepers will now focus on the mountainous Jebel…

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