Sudan: Sudanese celebrate implementation of Doha peace deal for Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -  Chad, Central African Republic and Qatar heads of state were among leaders who attended a gathering in Darfur on Wednesday at which Sudanese President Omar Bashir declared a general amnesty to all rebels holding arms against his government.

The rally, organized in El Fashir, capital of North Darfur state, about 700 km west of Khartoum,
marked the end of implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), an accord brokered by Qatar in 2011.

Bashir told the rally that any rebel who lays down arms would be welcome and pardoned.

The DDPD brought together the government of Sudan and a major rebel faction, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) with the aim of ending the war in Darfur through development projects. The five-year framework of the agreement ends this year.

"Anyone who comes back from South Sudan or Libya without holding arms will be welcome," Bashir said. "Anyone who opts to hold his gun and continue fighting will find us ready for fighting back."

The president announced that all prisoners-of-war would be set free and that the children who were seized during a recent fighting with JEM in Goz Dango, near the border with South Sudan last year, would be released and handed over to social welfare institutions for rehabilitation.

Bashir praised the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatar Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmed bin Abdulla al-Mahmoud, and the government and people of Qatar for brokering the DDPD and sponsoring and financing implementation of its provisions.

He also commended Qatar for financing and contributing to a number of development and services projects, including contribution of a billion US dollars for the establishment of a commercial bank in Darfur, and a number of full-fledged villages for returning internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the five states of Darfur.

Bashir praised Chadian President Idris Deby for contribution to reaching peace in Darfur, making reference to a joint Sudanese-Chadian military force presently guarding the common border.

Also speaking at the televised celebration, Deby cited as exemplary this joint force and the DDPD which, he suggested, could be adopted by other African nations in similar difficulties.

He called upon the holdout rebel movements to join the peace process and upon the international community to back Sudan's peace efforts.

During the celebration, Sheikh Tamim was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in law by the Vice Chancellor of Al-Nilein University in recognition of his contribution to the Darfur peace deal.
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07 september 2016 17:49:26

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