Sudan gov't to discuss UN-AU peacekeeping mission

The Sudanese government will meet on Tuesday to implement the first phase of a hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping mission to Darfur, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Saturday. Khartoum has said it accepted a UN-proposed package, but insisted that the AU would be the larger contributor to the peacekeeping force for the war torn region of western Sudan. Foreign Ministry spokesman Sadeq al-Magli said the government has "agreed to meet on Tuesday for the immediate implementation of what has been agreed upon." He did not elaborate. The state-run Sudan News Agency said the first phase of UN package includes sending about 105 military, 33 police and 45 civilian experts along with logistical support and communication equipment. It said those personnel would be deployed under the command of the AU mission in Darfur.