The joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force for Darfur is facing the prospect of being deployed with around one third of the agreed number of troops, according to the force commander. 26 000 international troops and police have been promised for the UNAMID force, due to take over in the troubled Sudanese region on January 1st.
But General Martin Agwai said contributing countries are failing to deliver on their promises of men and military hardware. He said his force is also lacking helicopters and other vital equipment. And he warned that were the force not to be deployed, the troubles in Darfur could revert to square one.