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NATO Approves Non-Combat Aid for Darfur Peacekeeping Force

NATO ambassadors have approved non-combat aid for the African Union peacekeeping effort in Sudan's Darfur region.

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer says the alliance agreed to provide transport, training and planning for the African troops.

He says he will offer the support package at a conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday.

The NATO chief also says the alliance will work closely with the European Union to coordinate support for the Darfur mission.

On Monday, EU defense ministers pledged to offer African peacekeeping troops additional transport planes and command planning support.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.