Belgium takes part in EU peacekeeping mission
Belgium is contributing some 80 military personnel in a first phase that will mostly provide logistic support3,700 European peacekeepers are going to protect the refugees in Sudan, in the area bordering with Chad and the Central African Republic. Belgium is contributing some 80 military personnel in a first phase that will mostly provide logistic support.
The ministers said the EU force will conduct its mission, "In a neutral, impartial and independent manner," and will seek to cooperate closely with the governments of Chad and CAR.
The peacekeeping mission is meant to protect the some 200,000 refugees that have fled to nearby Darfur in Sudan, and about as many inhabitants of Chad who have fled within their own country from the violence.
The peacekeeping mission will be deployed to Chad and the Central African Republic.
In a statement, the EU ministers said the aim of the mission will be, "To contribute to the protection of civilians in danger, particularly refugees and displaced persons."
The mission will also aim to streamline delivery of humanitarian aid to the refugees.
14 European countries are taking part in the mission. Belgium is going to contribute between 80 and 100 military personnel and logistic support.
The EU minister also appealed to Sudan and Chad to, "abstain from any action" that could further destabilize Darfur. This is also an appeal for the countries to terminate support of the armed militias from eastern Chad and in Darfur.