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02 Mar 2007 description

The African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Said Djinnit, visited NATO HQ on 2 March, the second high-level visit by an African Union official to NATO.

He met with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and addressed the North Atlantic Council, NATO's principal decision-making body.

They discussed cooperation between NATO and the African Union, particularly NATO's support for AU efforts to bring peace to the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan.

Long-term needs

Since July 2005 NATO has provided airlift for 24,000 African Union peacekeepers in …

15 Dec 2006 description

On 15 December, the Secretary General of NATO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, met with Ambassador Andrew Natsios, US Special Envoy to Darfur.

Ambassador Natsios, having just come back from an extensive mission in the region, discussed with the Secretary General the security and humanitarian situation in and around Darfur, which remains grave.

NATO has just taken a decision to extend for another six months its support mission - in the area of logistics and capacity training - to the African Union's operation in Darfur.

At the same time the Alliance fully supports the UN proposals for a …

12 Jun 2006 description

Following a request by the African Union (AU), NATO has helped the AU expand its peacekeeping mission in Darfur by providing airlift for additional AU peacekeepers into the region and by training AU forces.

07 Jun 2006 description

In a letter to the NATO Secretary General on 7 June, the Chairperson of the African Union, Alpha Oumar Konare, asked for enhanced NATO assistance to the African Union's peacekeeping force in Darfur.

31 May 2006 description

The United Nations Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, Jan Egeland, discussed Darfur and the role of the military in disaster relief during a visit to NATO on 30 May.

29 Mar 2006 description

On request by the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, in a telephone call to NATO's Secretary General on 27 March, NATO Allies have agreed today to develop options for possible continued support to the African Union mission in Darfur, and potentially also to a possible follow-on UN mission in Darfur.

These options will not envisage any NATO force on the ground in Darfur, nor a leading role for the Alliance. The Allies will consider these options in the coming weeks.

06 Oct 2005 description

DARFUR, Sudan -- The North Atlantic Council (NAC) decided on 30 September to continue to offer support until 31 March 2006 to the African Union (AU) for further troop rotations of African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) forces as well as for Staff Capacity Building to add to the military skills of the AU officers.

This decision comes after a mid-September AU request for further support.

26 Sep 2005 description

DARFUR, Sudan -- NATO's highest decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council (NAC) decided on 21 September to extend the duration of support to the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) until 31 October. This will allow NATO to coordinate the transportation of the remaining 3 AMIS Battalions.

11 Aug 2005 description

NATO's continuing support to the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) has become more diverse as NATO offers capacity building training as well as logistical support to the African Union.

07 Aug 2005 description

On 7 August, NATO airlifted a team of 49 African Union civilian police as well as an additional 533 military peacekeepers into Darfur.

This is the first time that NATO has assisted in airlifting civilian police into Darfur.

03 Aug 2005 description

In July, NATO has airlifted over 2,000 additional African Union peacekeepers into Darfur, helping the Union boost its presence on the ground in a concerted effort to end mass killings and rape in the region.

The Alliance will continue to airlift additional peacekeepers into Darfur in August and September.

A bid to end violence

NATO agreed on 8 June 2005 to help the African Union expand its peacekeeping mission in Darfur.

NATO's airlift mission began on 1 July. Since then United States C-130 and C-17 aircraft has moved approximately 1,350 troops to the region, while the …

01 Jul 2005 description

NATO has launched its airlift operations in support of the the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS), with the first movement of Nigerian troops on 1 July. Airlifts of personnel from Gambia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa will continue through July, August and September.

Coordination is working well between the African Union's Joint Forward Based Movement Cell in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, NATO's Allied Movement Coordination Centre in Europe and the European Airlift Centre.

Later in the summer, NATO will help to organise a map exercise for African Union troops.

09 Jun 2005 description

NATO announced on 9 June that it would help the African Union (AU) expand its peacekeeping mission in Darfur by airlifting additional AU peacekeepers into the region and assisting in their training.

The Secretary General of NATO, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, announced the decision at a meeting of NATO Ministers of Defence in Brussels, 9-10 June.

NATO will airlift peacekeepers from African contributing countries into Darfur. It will also train AU troops in running a multinational military headquarters and managing intelligence.

26 May 2005 description

Speaking in Ethiopia on 26 May, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said the Alliance was ready to help the African Union's mission in Darfur with logistics and to assist in its training.

24 May 2005 description

Today, the North Atlantic Council agreed on initial military options for possible NATO support to the African Union as it expands its mission in Darfur. These options include support to the African Union in the areas of: strategic airlift; training, for example in command and control and operational planning; and improvement of ability of the AU's mission in Darfur to use intelligence.

The Secretary General will participate, on 26 May, in a meeting in Addis Ababa chaired by UN Secretary General Annan and AU Commission President Konare.

18 May 2005 description

On 18 May the North Atlantic Council agreed to task the Alliance's military authorities to provide, as a matter of urgency, advice on possible assistance NATO could offer to the African Union in Darfur.

This advice will be prepared in full consultation and transparency with the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations.

The decision by the North Atlantic Council follows a request on 26 April by the African Union for consideration by NATO of the possibility of providing logistical support to the African Union's peacekeeping operation in Darfur.

On 17 May, Mr.

17 May 2005 description

Mr. Alpha Oumar Konaré, the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, visited NATO HQ on 17 May to discuss possible Alliance support for the African Union's peacekeeping operation in Darfur.

He met for talks with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and addressed the North Atlantic Council, the Alliance's principal decision-making body.

African Union in the lead

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27 Apr 2005 description

On 26 April, following a request by the African Union, NATO has agreed to open exploratory talks on possible Alliance logistic support to the African Union's peacekeeping operation in Darfur.