Sudan worries cloud UN council trip

2010-10-06 16:51

Entebbe - A senior United Nations official says budget cuts are hampering operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan and more planes may be grounded.

Paul Buades, the new director of support services for the UN's peacekeeping mission in DRC, told journalists on Wednesday that three planes have been cut and six more may be mothballed because of $73m in budget cuts.

He said the UN had been left with no attack helicopters and only non-military commercial helicopters.

The UN Security Council toured a major air base for United Nations peacekeeping missions based in Entebbe, Uganda and also met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

The council is scheduled to visit Southern Sudan and the conflict-wracked western Darfur region.