Darfur rebel leaders urged to stop fighting, sign peace deal

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - International envoys drawn from the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) joined a worldwide final push for Darfur’s rebel movements to unconditionally end fighting and sign the Doha Peace Accord, negotiated with the Sudanese government.

The 14 special envoys from countries around the world, the EU and the AU met Wednesday in El Geneina, West Darfur.

The group agreed to call on the movements who have not signed on to the Doha peace deal on Darfur to cease military hostilities and join the peace process now without preconditions.

“The door has not yet closed but it is narrowing,” the African Union/UN Joint operation in Darfur (UNAMID) Special envoy  and interim Joint Chief Mediator, Ibrahim Gambari, said in a briefing following the day-long retreat.

He also had strong words for those who support the hold-out movements: “They are supporting war, more violence, more killings, more displacements, and more suffering of the Darfur people.”
The envoys also noted the need to take targeted measures against those who continue to undermine the peace process.

The participants welcomed the signing, on 14 July, of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) between the Government of Sudan and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) as an important step in advancing peace in Darfur.

UNAMID will be assisting the parties in the dissemination and implementation of the DDPD.

The envoys stressed the importance of making sustained and rapid progress in the implementation of the agreement to create tangible improvements in the lives of the Darfuris.

“The envoys also agreed that the people of Darfur need support for the creation of sustainable livelihoods with early recovery and development activities. These will contribute to building the trust and confidence between the parties critical to a political solution,” he said. “There is no durable peace without development.”

The envoys expressed concern at the continuing insecurity in some parts of Darfur and called on the Government of Sudan to curb criminality and bring perpetrators to justice. They strongly condemned the attack against UNAMID patrol teams on 10 October near Zam Zam IDP camp in North Darfur which resulted in the death of three peacekeepers and injury to five others.

They commended the mission for its robust military posture, regardless of the sacrifices and its contribution to stability and security where peacekeepers are present in Darfur.

The participants noted with concern the continued belligerent posture taken by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), Sudan Liberation Army (SLA)-Abdul Wahid and SLA-Mini Minawi.

They urged the government and the LJM to remain flexible and committed to finding a comprehensive solution by allowing other movements to join the peace process.

The purpose of the Fourth Retreat was to take stock of recent developments in Darfur, and generally in Sudan following the independence of South Sudan, and to agree on next steps for international support for the ongoing Darfur peace process.
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19 october 2011 19:11:38

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