UNAMID commander welcomes arrival of Chinese engineers in Darfur

2008-07-18 01:04:18 GMT       2008-07-18 09:04:18 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

UNITED NATIONS, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Gen. Martin Luther Agwai, commander of the UN-AU hybrid peacekeeping force in Sudan, on Thursday welcomed the arrival of the 172 Chinese engineers in west Sudan's Darfur region, according to a report on the UN website.

Agwai, commander of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID), said in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, that "for me it's a very special day because what we need most is the engineering capacity to build and expand our camps to allow us to increase the numbers of our deployed forces."

Agwai had previously emphasized the lack of engineering capacity as one of the principal constraints delaying deployment of more peacekeepers to the currently under-manned mission.

The Chinese engineering unit in Darfur now totals 315 troops with the arrival of the 172-member contingent, 27 officers and 145soldiers.

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