Panafrican News Agency

Bashir says peace achieved in Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) — President Omar Bashir of Sudan has declared that peace and stability have been achieved in Darfur region and will be reached in the "Two Areas" of South Kordofan and Blue Nile shortly.

President Bashir, according to the Sudan News Agency (SUNA), said at a meeting on Friday night with the parliamentary caucus of his ruling National Congress Party (NCP) that Darfur region of western Sudan has become so peaceful and stable that UN and African Union experts have begun cutting down the number of the UN-African Union peace-keeping forces (UNAMID).

He said the recent campaigns for collection of illegal fire arms from civilians have contributed to restoration of peace and stability, re-imposition of government authority and consolidation of the culture of the legal means of police and courts for retrieving rights, instead of resorting to fighting and weapons.

President Bashir announced that a bank for reconstruction and development of Darfur would be established with a capital of one billion dollars, while two international airports and an additional road network would be built in the region.

As regards the "Two Areas", President Bashir said peace and stability would be reached there "shortly," noting that the repeated ceasefire declarations by his government has contributed to achieving a "considerable portion" of peace besides a strong desire by the people in non-resumption of the fighting after each ceasefire.
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