Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The UN/African Union peace mediator in Darfur, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, said Wednesday that the parties to the conflict in Sudan's western Darfur region were inching closer to a comprehensive peace agreement.
Prof. Gambari told about 1,000 peacekeeping staff in Darfur during his first town hall meeting of 2012 that Darfur stood between two extremes which would determine its future.
"There is no military solution to the conflict in Darfur. Peace, compromise and common understanding are the only ways forward….The people of Darfur want it, need it and deserve it,” he said.
“We must redouble our efforts and work with full dedication and commitment,” Prof. Gambari said. “Darfur is at a crossroads: one direction is toward more peace, more progress, more movement toward early recovery and development; and one side is leaning towards the enemies of peace, the spoilers.”
He noted that significant steps had been taken recently to implement the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).
Recently, UNAMID hosted the second meeting of the Follow-on Implementation Commission, which oversees DDPD progress.
The UN/AU joint envoy hailed the sacrifices by peacekeepers during 2011, which he called “a difficult year for the UNAMID family.”
Seven military and police personnel “made the ultimate sacrifice while working to advance peace in Darfur'', Prof. Gambari said.
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