The UN and African Union are making good progress in the deployment of their joint peacekeeping force in Darfur but the war-wracked region of western Sudan remains beset by deadly fighting, the displacement of civilians, banditry and human rights abuses, the head of UN peacekeeping told the Security Council Oct. 28. Alain LeRoy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefed Council members on his recent visit to Darfur, where the hybrid UN-AU operation will eventually become the UN peacekeeping force in the world with more than 26,000 troops, military observers and police officers. (UN News Service)

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