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Friday, March 20, 2009

Botswana's forces leave Sudan

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 01:49:44 GMT | PressTV

The government of Botswana has withdrawn its peace-keeping troops from war-torn Sudan.

Speaking to Press TV in the country's capital, Gaborone, Justice, Defense and Security Minister, Dikgakgamatso Seretse, said the southern African country decided to pull out its troops from Sudan because of unrest where its peace keeping contingent are deployed.

"Due to the unrest in areas where the troops are deployed, the government had decided to pull its peace-keeping contingent, both Botswana police and members of Botswana Defense Force, from Sudan."

"As you might be aware, one of our BDF officers was shot dead sometime last year during an ambush," Seretse added.

He expressed disappointment with the fact that they had to leave the country while they had not yet accomplished their peace-keeping mission.

The move came as Sudan's President, Omar Al- Bashir, invalidated the work permit of 13 non-governmental organizations including the British relief group Oxfam.

The measure was taken in response to the issuing of an arrest warrant for President Bashir by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the Darfur conflict.

UN officials say that the expulsion of the non-governmental aid organizations will influence aid delivery to Sudan's Darfur in the upcoming weeks.

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