"On January 1, 2008 the United Nations largest peace-keeping force was empowered to commence its operations in Sudan. Overshadowed by that morning's assassination of a U.S. Diplomat in the capital Khartoum, the impending failure of this force did not make headline news. This article will discuss the origins, composition and status of the United Nations/African Union peacekeeping operation (UNAMID) to Sudan. [. . .] On July 31, 2007, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1769 which authorized the establishment of UNAMID under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, for an initial period of 12 months. It has the protection of civilians as its core mandate, as well as contributing to security for humanitarian assistance, monitoring and verifying implementation of agreements, assisting an inclusive political process, contributing to the promotion of human rights and rule of law, and monitoring and reporting on the situation along the borders with Chad and the CAR. In addition to its mission headquarters in El Fasher and sector headquarters in El Fasher, El Geneina and Nyala, UNAMID will have up to 55 deployment locations throughout the three Darfur states "
Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Contemporary Conflict: http://www.ccc.nps.navy.mil
Strategic Insights (February 2008), vol.7 no.1