Sudan summons UN mission chief in Darfur over mandate extension

Sudanese children walking past a UN-African Union mission in Darfur (UNAMID) vehicle at the Zamzam camp for internally displaced persons in Northern Darfur on April 12, 2016Sudan summoned Sunday the head of the international peacekeeping force in Darfur after the UN recommended a one-year extension of UNAMID’s mission despite Khartoum’s reluctance. About 20,000 troops and policemen from more than 30 countries are currently in Sudan’s western region of Darfur as part of the African Union-United Nations mission, UNAMID. A report by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, recommends that UNAMID’s mandate be extended by another year.

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