Sudan to Check Every New AU Soldier for AIDS
October 27, 2004
On Tuesday, Sudanese Health Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said every member of the African Union contingent assigned to monitor a cease-fire in Darfur should provide a certificate proving he is not HIV-infected. The semi-official Sudanese Media Center quoted him as saying the measure was a precaution aimed at "safeguarding the health of the people of Darfur." Those who cannot produce internationally recognized health certificates would have to undergo medical tests before going to Darfur. The AU plans to deploy more than 3,000 troops from five countries to Darfur in the coming weeks to calm the 20-month-old conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. In August, Tayeb Mustafa of the ruing National Congress Party criticized the government for allowing 150 Rwandan troops to enter Darfur without health certificates.
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