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Rwandan Troops In Darfur - 2004-08-16

Rwanda has sent 155 troops to Sudan?s Darfur region to provide security for the ceasefire monitors there. But the troops could under certain circumstances protect civilians.

Colonel Patrick Karegeya, spokesman for the armed forces, says, ?They?re supposed to make their own assessment as to their capacity to deal with the problem. And they are given the mandate to help civilians if it is within their means.?

The Rwandan troops will be there at least six months, at which time fresh troops will be rotated in if they?re still needed to provide security.

Nigeria is expected to send more than 160 troops on August 25th. The troops are their under the auspices of the African Union.

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