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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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New York, 7 January 2009 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Darfur – US airlift of Rwandan equipment

The Secretary-General conveyed to President Bush his warm welcome of the most recent commitment by the United States to airlift to Darfur critical equipment required by UNAMID (African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur). The expedited arrival to Darfur of this material, which includes trucks and other essential equipment, will strengthen the ability of the United Nations to protect civilians and carry out other aspects of its mandate. This initiative sets a constructive precedent for broad international support to expeditiously deploy UNAMID, and the Secretary-General calls upon other Member States to seriously consider undertaking similar efforts to expedite the full deployment of UNAMID.