SECURITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTS RESOLUTION 1769, AUTHORIZING DEPLOYMENT OF UN-AU FORCE IN DARFUR
On 31 July 2007, the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1769 authorizing the deployment of a 26,000-strong United Nations-African Union force to Sudans western Darfur region. The joint force is to be called the United Nations- African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and is authorized for an initial period of 12 months, pending extension at a later date. In Part 15a (ii), the resolution invokes Chapter 7 to authorize UNAMIDs use of force to protect civilians.
While Resolution 1769 maintains the sovereignty of the Government of Sudan, it also endorses Resolution 1674 on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, which reaffirms the provisions of paragraphs 138 and 139 of the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document regarding the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
UNAMID will have up to 19,555 military personnel and up to 3,772 international police and 2,660 special police officers. Resolution 1769 calls for UN Member States to contribute troops within 30 days from its adoption and for UNAMID to have initial operational capacity by October 2007. The resolution also calls for UNAMID to assume authority from the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) no later than 31 December 2007.
Security Council Resolution 1769 is available at: