Recent developments in Southern Darfur worry UNAMID chief

New York, US (PANA) -  The Joint Special Representative for the UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and Joint Chief Mediator, Ibrahim Gambari, on Friday expressed serious concern over developments in the Southern Darfur, following attacks by armed movements on three towns earlier this week.

``In the climate of ongoing tensions between Sudan and South Sudan, I am deeply concerned that armed movements are seeking to destabilize Darfur. Such actions could undermine the precious peace which has been advancing in Darfur since the signing of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur,” Gambari said in a statement.

The statement, which was made available to PANA in New York, quoted the UN/AU envoy as saying ``I reiterate my call on the armed movements to discard the logic of war and to join the peace process for the sake of the long-suffering of the people of Darfur''.

Gambari also said: ``UNAMID is closely monitoring the situation and taking measures to protect the civilian population in the region''.

"All parties must refrain from violence and there is no military solution to this conflict,.” he added.

According to UNAMID, an armed group waged an attack on the community of Saysaban, in southwest Darfur on 17 April, destroying a telecommunications tower and seizing fuel from the local market.

Later that day, another armed group seized the town of Um Dafok, on the border with the Central African Republic. The groups claiming responsibility have identified themselves with the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minnawi and the Justice and Equality Movement.

In a third development, an unidentified armed group attacked the area of Amudal Al-Agdor, near Buram, some 50 kilometres north of the border with South Sudan.

The Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), a Qatari-mediated pact aimed at spurring an eventual comprehensive accord to end the conflict, was agreed on by the Government of Sudan and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) on in 2011.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 20April2012

20 april 2012 16:57:27




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