Sudan: Darfur Internal Dialogue and Consultation Implementation Committee launched

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Darfur Internal Dialogue and Consultation (DIDC) Implementation Committee was launched on Monday at a ceremony hosted by the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Al-Fashir, North Darfur.

The DIDC mechanism, stipulated in the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), is designed to consolidate peace in Darfur, promote confidence-building and encourage reconciliation as well as unity among the people of Darfur and Sudan in general through popular consultation and dialogue.

The DIDC is facilitated by the African Union, the State of Qatar and UNAMID.

A UNAMID press release received by PANA in Khartoum said the Implementation Committee would be the governing and implementing arm of the DIDC process to ensure its ownership by Darfuris.

The release specified that this was an independent body comprising of eminent people from Darfur and Sudan, such as representatives of the DDPD parties, leaders from civil society, youth and women’s groups, prominent academics, entrepreneurs, as well as leaders of internally displaced populations.

The Chairman and two Deputies of the Committee who were elected are Saddig Wada’a, Muhamed Ahmed Haroon and Suad Adam Albarjo respectively.

The Committee will ensure all appropriate preparations, overseeing and conducting the dialogue and consultations, as well as guaranteeing thorough documentation and analysis of the process and outcomes. It will also ensure that the process remains inclusive, transparent and credible at all times.

The release said apart from the members of the Implementation Committee, the event was attended by the Assistant to the President of Sudan, Professor Ibrahim Ghandour, African Union representative, Ambassador Ibrahim Kamara, Ambassador of Qatar Rashid Abdel-Rahman Al-Neami, Chair of Darfur Regional Authority al-Tigani Seisi, and the African Union-United Nations Joint Special Representative and Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas.

“This event marks the beginning of a process that is an important part of our effort to build peace in Darfur, promote confidence-building, encourage reconciliation and unity between communities in Darfur,” Dr Chambas was quoted as saying.  

“The DIDC process will also address issues related to civic responsibility, democratic values, and enhancing time-tested traditional dispute resolution practices,” he added.

Dr Chambas expressed the hope that the DIDC process would become a crucial building-block in the national dialogue.

“The DIDC, properly conducted, should be a dress rehearsal for the Darfuris to participate effectively and articulate their concerns in the proposed national dialogue,” he stressed, saying that it was therefore imperative that conditions existed for free expression of opinions without fear of harassment or intimidation throughout the process.

The development comes at a time the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is saying in a report it released on Monday that since January 2014, a new wave of insecurity and violence across Darfur has generated enormous additional humanitarian needs.

The UN report said fighting, tensions and insecurity involved Government forces supported by the Rapid Support Forces, a Government-affiliated militia, as well as armed movements and armed tribal militia. Hostilities and violence have spread across much of North and South Darfur, with spillover effects to West, Central and East Darfur.

OCHA pointed out that since the beginning of 2014, the cumulative number of people who have been displaced stands at 321,929.

The number is in addition to some 2 million people in Darfur who have been facing long-term displacement since 2003-2005, having fled their homes during the height of the conflict.
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26 may 2014 20:40:25

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