Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Darfur on Thursday welcomed the support from leaders acr oss Africa who pledged to stand in solidarity with the civilians of Darfur as th e y meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to construct a mandate for their future.
According to a press statement issued by Africa Forum for former heads of state and government, the Elders and the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA) all w e lcomed the initiative.
Speaking on behalf of the Africa Forum, Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mo zambique and forum chairperson said, “Darfur’s problems will only be solved when the people of Darfur have their voices heard in the peace process.
I look forwar d to standing with the people of Darfur when they take this important step into t h e future.
” The elders welcomed Mandate Darfur and noted that “It is crucial that Darfuris t hemselves take the lead in seeking a resolution to the devastating conflict that has caused so much suffering and loss of life in Darfur and that the views and a s pirations of civil society are properly taken into account in future peace negot i ations.
” Welcoming the support of African leaders on behalf of Mandate Darfur, Mo Ibrahim , founder and chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said “we are pleased that l e aders from across Africa are standing with our brothers and sisters in Darfur as we aim to make their voices heard in Sudan and around the world.
Through Mandate Darfur, Darfurians will articulate a positive vision for a just and sustainable p eace.
” During the course of the conference, Darfurian delegates from across tribal, eth nic, geographic and religious communities will debate the numerous political, ec o nomic and developmental issues at stake in order to build a sustainable peace in the region.
Their discussion is anticipated to lead to an agreed mandate that will provide t he civil society perspective on future peace negotiations.
Mandate Darfur is expected to work to deliver the mandate around the world to en sure that leaders within Sudan, Africa and the wider world pursue the interests o f the Darfurian people to find a lasting peace in the region.