Sudan: UNAMID chief says situation in Darfur remains fragile

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -  The Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Jeremiah Mamabolo, has said the overall situation in the region remains fragile and, therefore, UNAMID strategic priorities remain the same.

Referring to a recent UN Security Council resolution on cutting down the size of the  peacekeeping force, Mamabolo, told a press briefing in Khartoum on Monday that his mission remains in Darfur to protect the civilians, facilitate humanitarian access and ensure safety and security to the humanitarian personnel.

He said that they continue to mediate between the government and non-signatory armed movements and support mediation in inter-communal conflicts.

The Joint Special Representative has noted that in the past three years the initial conflict has become localized to the presence of the holdout Sudan Liberation Movement of Abdul Wahid Nor (SLM/AW) in Western Jebel Marra.

Presently, he said some 2.7 million people live in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, while militia groups continue to be active and inter-communal violence still occurs across the region.

Acknowledging that a significant development to the better has occurred in the past decade, Mamabolo said his mission is now in the process of transforming its operations based on a two-pronged approach of peacekeeping and peace-building.

He said they would concentrate peacekeeping operations around Jebel Marra area, keeping in mind the ongoing instability and resultant displacement in the vicinity and the recurrent inter-communal violence.

He vowed to remain fully engaged with mediation and reconciliation activities aimed at preventing and mitigating inter-communal conflicts across Darfur.

“As part of its peace building efforts, the Mission will seek to work more closely than ever with the Government of Sudan to support its reconciliation efforts on those conflicts that have the potential to derail the improving security situation in Darfur” Mamabolo stressed.

The focus will be on emergency relief, addressing protection needs and the safe destruction of explosive remnants of the war.

“The only sustainable solution to the conflict in Darfur depends on a negotiated political settlement pursuant to the Road Map. In this regard, we continue to support all parties to the conflict to reach an agreement on cessation of hostilities," he added.
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10 july 2017 20:07:10

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