Dutch may participate in Chad

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5 November 2007, THE HAGUE - The Dutch government is considering sending troops to Chad as part of a European force being deployed to deal with a refugee crisis caused by the Darfur conflict, a government official said Friday.

5 November 2007

THE HAGUE - The Dutch government is considering sending troops to Chad as part of a European force being deployed to deal with a refugee crisis caused by the Darfur conflict, a government official said Friday.

"It would involve several dozen troops," said a spokesman for Defence Minister Eimert van Middelkoop.

Last month, the European Union gave the green light to the deployment of up to 4,000 troops in Chad and the Central African Republic, which border on Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region.

The contingent will help protect some 300 UN police officers and help monitor camps for Darfur refugees and internally displaced persons, who number respectively around 236,000 and 173,000 in Chad alone.

The mission, to be manned in large part by France and led by an Irish general, will operate for a year.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

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