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Defence Minister visits ADF contingent in Sudan.



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR THE HON ROBERT HILL Minister for Defence Leader of the Government in the Senate

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Wednesday 23 November 2005 186/2005

DEFENCE MINISTER VISITS ADF CONTINGENT IN SUDAN

Defence Minister Robert Hill today visited members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contingent in Khartoum, praising the valuable work done by personnel serving in Sudan on Operation Azure.

Senator Hill also met the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and was briefed at the United Nations Mission (UNMIS) Headquarters on progress of the mission.

The mission is supporting the Comprehensive Peace Agreement bringing to an end the decades long civil war between the north and the south of Sudan in which more than a million people died.

“Through their participation in the UNMIS Peacekeeping Force, ADF personnel are making a positive contribution to improved stability and the maintenance of peace in Sudan,” Senator Hill said.

The ADF contingent now consists of six UN Military Observers and nine headquarters personnel providing key staff skills such as air movements coordination and logistic support.

Senator Hill said the ADF’s peacekeeping experience and 10 Australian Federal Police personnel soon to be deployed, will contribute to the effectiveness of United Nations operations in Sudan.

“Australia is a long-standing and regular participant in United Nations mandated military operations,” Senator Hill said.

Through Their participation in UNMIS, ADF personnel are supporting the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.