Sudanese defense minister asks for more Egyptian forces for Darfur

Sudan's defense minister has asked Egypt to commit more police to the troubled Darfur region. An Egyptian battalion is due in Darfur by the end of June to boost the understaffed UN-AU hybrid force. The peacekeeping mission deployed in January, but it remains about a third of what it was designed to be. The force also lacks equipment and means of transport. Sudan insists the force be predominantly African, causing delays. Minister Abdul Rahim Hussein said Sunday he is requesting more Egyptian troops, including policemen.