German defence minister to UN talks in New York

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8 August 2005, BERLIN - German Defence Minister Peter Struck left Berlin on Sunday for talks with senior U.N. officials in New York on a peace force in Sudan that has been long planned but has still not been set up.

8 August 2005

BERLIN - German Defence Minister Peter Struck left Berlin on Sunday for talks with senior U.N. officials in New York on a peace force in Sudan that has been long planned but has still not been set up.

He was to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday to review plans to provide up to 75 German military observers to a force intended to supervise a ceasefire between the Sudan government and rebels. Four German armed forces officers have reached Sudan.

The Germans have been demanding to know if the force will be formed at all in the face of objections so far from Khartoum.

Officials in Berlin said Stuck would also ask how more security responsibility could be transferred to Afghan authorities from a German peace force in Kabul. Germany has taken part in 31 international peace missions since 1992.

DPA

Subject: German news

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