20 February 2005
Bangladesh says it has agreed to send 1,600 troops to join a U.N. peacekeeping force in Sudan.
Foreign minister M. Morshed Khan said in Dhaka Sunday that a Bangladeshi officer will command the United Nations force in Sudan, which is expected to grow to about 10,000 troops.
The peacekeepers are to safeguard the peace agreement signed in January between the Khartoum government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement.
Bangladesh has is one of the largest contributors of troops to U.N. missions. Worldwide, almost 8,000 Bangladeshi soldiers are currently serving with 12 U.N. teams.
Some information for this report provided by Reuters.