Russia May Send Peacekeepers to Sudan

President Vladimir Putin (search) has signed a resolution that would have Russian troops join a proposed U.N. peacekeeping operation in Sudan, the Kremlin said Thursday.

The resolution calls for Russia to send Interior Ministry units. The ministry has both police- and military-type units, and there was no immediate specification on what types of forces would be sent.

Sudan's government and rebels in the south signed a peace deal on Jan. 9 to end the African nation's long-running civil war, setting up a national power-sharing administration with an autonomous south.

The top U.N. envoy to Sudan said late last year that if a peace agreement were reached, he envisioned the adoption by the U.N. Security Council (search) of a resolution in the third week of January authorizing a wide-ranging U.N. peacekeeping mission with 9,000 to 10,000 troops. That resolution was delayed.