Sudan: December 31, 2003

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After Kenya, could Sudan be the next destination for German peacekeepers? The German Deputy Foreign Minister indicated that Berlin was considering sending civilian experts and peacekeeping troops to Sudan, provided the United Nations agreed to set up a peacekeeping mandate in Sudan. 

The German government sees this further dimension to the Bundeswehrs deployment in Africa as a way of denying terrorism an environment to grow in. Germany has already has earmarked over $100 million in aid, in addition to shouldering 25 % of the $600 million from the European Union. The United States has also promised $700 million to the region, if the two sides manage to clinch a successful peace deal. and suggest that the peace accord could be signed in January in Washington.

To date, the German army's activities in Africa have been focused on dismantling terrorist cells under the mandate of the U.S.-led "Operation Enduring Freedom Freedom." There are currently about 300 German soldiers stationed in the port of Djibouti, patrolling the waters around the Horn of Africa as well as the southern flanks of the Red Sea, the coast along Somalia and the Gulf of Aden. There are also 150 personnel in Kenya supporting reconnaissance planes, which are responsible for keeping shipping routes free and monitoring suspicious vessels supplying suspected terrorist groups.

In November 2003, the German parliament extended by a year the mandate for 3,100 soldiers serving in Africa, Afghanistan and Kuwait as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom." - Adam Geibel

 

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