Gambari says peace in Darfur gathering momentum

New York- US (PANA) -- The search for durable peace in the war-torn Sudan's Darfur region has gained momentum, the head of the UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Prof.
Ibrahim Gambari, said Wednesday.
Gambari urged all parties to the conflict to join the process, in order to guarantee peace and security in the region.
"I therefore, wish to call on all who are holding out, particularly, the Justice and Equality Movement, under Dr.
Khalil Ibrahim, to join the process in the interest of peace and stability,” he told representatives of Darfur civil society organizations who are attending the second round of discussions in the Qatari capital, Doha.
The representatives are in Doha to seek ways of contributing to resolving the conflict.
He welcome the news that Abdul Wahid al Nur, the leader of the Sudan Liberation Army/Movement (SLA/M), had expressed support for the peace talks in Doha.
"I firmly believe that this decision will positively change the dynamics of the peace process; indeed, only through the active participation of all parties to the conflict will lasting peace and stability be possible in Darfur," the envoy said.
"Your presence in Doha can make a difference," he noted.
According to him: "The process can be a catalyst for the parties, including the government and armed movements to speed up the peace process and reach an agreement that addresses the underlying problems in Darfur, sooner rather than later.
" He also acknowledged the continuing efforts to enhance cohesion among the representatives of Darfur civil society, saying greater coordination and coherence among them was crucial for the conduct of the peace process and for the achievement of an all-inclusive and comprehensive peace agreement.
Gambari commended Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmad Ben Abdallah Al Mahmoud, the UN/AU Joint Chief Mediator, Djibrill Bassole and the government of Qatar for organising the peace conferences, in coordination with UNAMID.
Meanwhile, UNAMID’s Civil Affairs component Monday met with representatives of the Transitional Darfur Regional Authority (TDRA) in El Geneina, West Darfur, to discuss a joint venture aimed at promoting the peace agreement signed between the Rizeigat and Misseriya communities 28 June.
The pact is aimed at ending three months of bloody feuding between them.
A statement said the UNAMID representatives spoke with TDRA’s chairman of the Peace and Reconciliation Commission, Asaad Bahreldin and the Reconciliation Committee's rapporteur Yagoub Mohammed Ali.
It said the meeting dwelt on a strategy for the publication and circulation of the peace agreement document to remote communities.
"It is hoped that the project will help defuse residual tensions and encourage commitment to implementing the agreement to prevent another cycle of violence.
UNAMID will help fund the plan as a Quick Impact Project," it stated.

14 july 2010 18:54:00




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