Darfur chief mediator sets priority, begins work

New York- US (PANA) -- Djibril Bassole, the UN-AU joint chief mediator for war-to rn Darfur region of Sudan, says his top priority is holding discussions with all parties involved in the conflict.
A UN statement made available to the Pan African News Agency (PANA) here at the weekend, stated that Bassole started his new conflict resolution responsibilitie s in the North Darfur city of El Fasher.
It quoted him as saying that, "in order to find a lasting solution for peace and stability in the war-ravaged region, I will try to hold discussions with leader s of the Sudanese government and the Janjaweed militia and rebel groups.
" According to the statement, "Bassole, who was involved in peace negotiations acr oss West Africa, intended to hold talks with all the players on the ground, by c r eating an environment of trust in order to end the five-year-long conflict.
"We have to put mechanisms in place that will not only allow a sustained cease-f ire, but will also help avoid recurrence of violent incidents," Bassole said in t he statement.
PANA recalls that recently, the Force Commander of the UN-AU Mission in Darfur(U NAMID), Nigeria's Gen.
Martin Agwai, told reporters here that for peace to preva i l in Darfur, all the warring rebels must come to the negotiation table to iron o u t their differences.

31 august 2008 17:14:00

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