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UNAMID forces reach 13,454

KHARTOUM, May 24 (KUNA) -- The joint African Union/United Nations Hybrid force in Darfur (UNAMID) assigned to install peace in the troubled western region reached 13,454 soldiers, UNAMID said Sunday.
By this, UNAMID achieves 69 percent of the UN Security Council's plan to bring stability back into the region, a statement by UNAMID said.
A new batch of 500 Bengali soldiers arrived in the region to "ensure the safety of the civilian population in Darfur", UNAMID Force Commander General Martin Luther Agwai said as he called upon more participation from other countries.
UNAMID headquarters received 52 police advisors from the Philippines, and 39 from Nigeria while more than 60 police officers from Sierra Leone are expected to arrive next week.
UN Security Council assigned UNAMID in 2007 to take necessary action to support the implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement.
The UNAMID was supposed to deploy 26,000 soldiers in the region but it was hindered due to lack of logistics specially jets. (end) hhi.aia KUNA 242041 May 09NNNN