The United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to authorize up to 26-thousand peacekeepers for Sudan's Darfur region.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Tuesday's resolution "historic and unprecedented." He said it sends "a clear and powerful signal" that the United Nations wants to help those suffering in the region "and close this tragic chapter in Sudan's history."
After the vote, Sudan's ambassador to the U.N., Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohamad told reporters that he was comfortable with the resolution.
The joint United Nations-African Union force will replace seven thousand AU troops currently in Darfur.
In a speech earlier today at U.N. headquarters, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he and other leaders would work hard to deploy the peacekeepers quickly.
U.N. officials estimate the four-year conflict in Darfur has killed more than 200-thousand people, and displaced two million more.