Bangladesh is set to send troops to conflict-ridden South Sudan on an emergency basis following the request of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
“Upon the directive of the prime minister following the request, Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Air Force have made all necessary preparations to send troops and aircraft to South Sudan within 48 hours,” said a press release of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) yesterday.
On December 24, Ban Ki-moon phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and requested her to urgently send a battalion of infantry, a unit of military hospital, a cargo aircraft, military helicopters and other necessary equipment for peacekeeping in the UN Mission in South Sudan, which is rife with bloody ethnic strife.
UN officials believe thousands have been killed in the African country since violence erupted on 15 December, when clashes broke out at a meeting of the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), BBC reported yesterday.
"Transport of the troops and equipment will begin anytime under the supervision of the UN," the ISPR press release stated.
As of 30 November 2013, Bangladesh has contributed the second highest number of military and police personnel to UN Peacekeeping Operations, totalling 7,968 members.