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EU Military Says Lack of Equipment May Delay Mission to Chad

The European Union's top military advisor says a lack of equipment, including helicopters, may delay the bloc's peacekeeping mission to Chad.

General Henri Bentegeat says the mission also needs medical support and logistics assets. He is to discuss the issue with EU defense ministers on Monday in Brussels.

The EU plans to send about 3,000 peacekeeping troops to Chad to help secure refugee camps along Chad's border with Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

Violence from the Darfur conflict has spilled into Chad, displacing tens of thousands of people.

The first EU troops are expected to arrive in Chad in December.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.