Governor moves to defuse deadly tribal clashes in Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Central Darfur government has ordered the dispersal of all tribal gathering in Abu Dukhin area, where clashes between Arab herdsmen from the Salamat and Missairiya tribes left at least 30 dead from both sides last week, the local media reported Tuesday.

The report quoted the Governor of the region, Dr. Yusuf Tibin, as threatening, with fine and jail term, anyone from the two tribes who contravenes the order

“Security bodies in the region were given order to sternly deal with any side that seeks to spur tribal sedition or attempt to aggress the headquarters of any locality,” said the Governor of the state, which borders South Sudan.

Meanwhile, the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said it had facilitated the Governor's travel to the region to try defuse the rising tension between the two Arab tribal groups.

In a statement made available to PANA here, UNAMID said following the deadly clashes between the Salamat and Missairiya, the Governor's delegation, accompanied by a team of UNAMID officials, travelled to Um Dukhun on 17 Nov. to mediate between the two tribes.

The delegation met with the local security committee, the local peace and reconciliation committee as well as with representatives of both the Salamat and the Missairiya tribes in a bid to defuse the tension and to urge them to abide by the peace agreement signed on 3 July 2013.

The Sudan Media Centre has however said security in the region had been restored and that the situation was now fully under control.

It was not yet known what spurred the latest fighting between the two groups, though fighting in the region is usually over grazing and farming rights.
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19 november 2013 11:03:09

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