OIC chief tasks int'l community on Darfur reconstruction

New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
(OIC), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has called on the international community to provide ``adequate
support" to promote development and reconstruction in Sudan's Darfur region.

An OIC statement, made available to PANA in New York on Wednesday, said that Ihsanolgu
made the call at the recently concluded International Donors Conference for Darfur held in
Doha, Qatar.

It quoted the OIC chief as stating "the conference in itself was the beginning of a new
chapter in the history of Darfur and gave new hope to the inhabitants of Darfur who have
lived long years of hunger and fear."

It, however, said: "The success of the conference is a real challenge to the international
community’s ability to entrench peace in Darfur."

Ihsanoglu also stated that the fact that the conference was held did not mean that peace
and security were completely established all over Darfur.

According to him: "A huge effort is yet to be put in by the Government of the Sudan and
the Regional Authority in order to establish security and build bridges of communication
and dialogue with the movements which are – unfortunately – still betting on the option
of arms and war."

The secretary-general appealed to the armed movements that have not yet signed the
agreement to listen to the voice of wisdom and reason and join the Doha Peace Agreement
for the best interest of the people of Darfur.

He also pointed out that, "the way has now become free for this constructive partnership",
noting that, "during my last visit to Darfur, I felt an overwhelming desire for peace
and rejection of war, most of the population in the towns, villages and refugee camps
are looking forward to lasting peace for the entire Darfur region."

Ihsanoglu further stated that the OIC has, over the past 10 years, supported all international
and regional endeavours to achieve peace, security and stability in Darfur from the Abuja peace talks to the recent Doha Peace Process.

"The OIC has manifested strong support through successive visits of its delegations to
the Sudan and their meetings with all the parties. Furthermore, the OIC has issued a
number of resolutions at the Summit and foreign ministers’ level in support of peace in
Darfur," he added.

The statement recalled that after the signing of the peace document in Doha, the OIC took the initiative to hold the first donor conference to finance urgent humanitarian projects in favour of Darfur community.

It also said that conference, co-sponsored by Egypt and Turkey, was held in Cairo,
which resulted in pledges amounting to US$ 850 million and that about 78 per cent
have been already honoured.

It disclosed that the OIC is currently finalizing the establishment of the Darfur Development Bank.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 10April2013

10 april 2013 14:25:37

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