14 February 2008
Secretary-General
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Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS SIGNING OF STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT


‘POSITIVE STEP FORWARD’ IN EFFORT TO DEPLOY DARFUR MISSION

 


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General is pleased to announce that the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the United Nations-African Union and the Government of Sudan was signed by Joint Special Representative Adada and Sudanese Foreign Minister Deng Alor on 10 February.  The signing of this Agreement represents a positive step forward in our efforts to deploy the African Union-United NationsHybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), and the Secretary-General would like to congratulate all parties involved in the negotiations leading to the conclusion of SOFA.


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