Sudan: EU says no military solution will work in Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The European Union (EU) says following its field visit to Darfur, it has come to a conclusion that no military solution will work in Darfur.

Rather, it will encourage all stakeholders, including the government, the opposition, the armed movements and the civil society, to support and contribute to an inclusive national dialogue process.

A press release, received here by PANA, said EU ambassadors during a two-day visit to Nyala, South Darfur, exchanged views with government officials, the Darfur Regional Authority, Sudanese civil society and international organizations and internally-displaced (IDP) people in Kalma camp.

“There is no military solution for the conflict in Darfur and we encourage all stakeholders, including the government, the opposition, the armed movements and the civil society, to support and contribute to an inclusive national dialogue process. Such a process is urgently needed to restore peace in Darfur and reduce the suffering, in particular, by two million Internally-Displaced People in Darfur,” Ambassador Tomas Ulicny, Head of Delegation of the EU to Sudan, was quoted by the release as confirming.

The continued conflict is affecting the social fabric of the population and entails serious human rights violations and civilian torment, including air bombardments and violence against IDPs, women and children, the press statement stressed.

It said the EU ambassadors called on all relevant Sudanese parties to fight impunity, improve access and reduce counter-productive travel restrictions for the international agencies, so that they can implement their humanitarian and development mandates.

The release said during the visit to Kalma camp, the EU Ambassadors expressed deep concern about the continued increase in the numbers of IDPs in the camp.

As a result of on-going instability and conflict, there have been new arrivals in 2013 and 2014 which add to the protracted plight of displaced population in this 10-year-old camp.

While carefully noting the camp leaders' anxiety about security and provision of basic services, the EU ambassadors encouraged the leaders to lend full support to the upcoming peace talks and national dialogue.

The EU confirmed its continued support to peace efforts in Darfur as one of the major development and humanitarian partners in Darfur.

Ambassador Tomas said the EU was currently contributing more than 11 million Euros to people in South Darfur State alone, and additional significant funding was made available through member states programmes for South Darfur and the entire region.

The EU delegation included the ambassadors and Charges de Affaires of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the EU.

The objective of the mission was to be better informed about the political, development and humanitarian situation on the ground in Darfur.
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08 november 2014 15:51:56




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