Sudan: Press release on Darfur Integrated Task Force (DITF)


Pursuant to the decision of the Peace and Security Council, to enhance the African Mission in the Sudan (AMIS II), the Darfur Integrated Task Force (DITF), the strategic component of AMIS has been able to put into operation a concept of operations for the enhancement of AMIS II to Darfur.

The first of the six Troops contributing countries (TCCs), Nigeria, had successfully completed the deployment of one battalion of 680 troops on Wednesday 13 July 2005; Nigeria will further deploy two more battalions to the enhancement. The deployment was completed a day earlier than scheduled. Two Rwandese Battalions are expected to follow suit and they would be airlifted by the US using C130 aircraft from Kigali to EL Fasher. This is expected to take place between 16 July and 9 August 2005.

The other Troops from contributing Countries: - South Africa, Senegal, the Gambia and Kenya would deploy troops according to schedules prepared by the DITF and the International Partners. The deployments would bring the AMIS II to a full strength of more than seven thousand troops. The enhancement of AMIS II is expected to be completed by 30 September 2005.

Addis Ababa, 15 July 2005