UN/AU envoy says security situation in Darfur still dicey

New York, US (PANA) - Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the UN/AU Joint Representative in Darfur has warned that the deteriorating security situation in the Sudanese region could undermine the peace process and development programmes.

In a statement made available to PANA in New York on Wednesday, following a meeting in Doha, Qatar, on Monday on the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), Dr. Chambas told parties that progress on the ground was critical to the success of the Document.

He stated that the absence of such progress could lead to scepticism and diminishing faith in the Doha Document.

PANA reports that the document was negotiated with the support of the Government of Qatar, and it forms the basis for a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace agreement to end the fighting in Darfur.

The Sudanese government and two major rebel groups have committed to the DDPD.

The groups are Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), which signed the document last year and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which signed a framework agreement in January 2013.

Dr Chambas, however, said he hoped that the recent consultations he held in Arusha, Tanzania, with two non-signatory movements would lead to a more realistic outcome, which would bring an end to violence and usher in a stable environment and durable peace in the region and in Sudan as a whole.

He noted that while there had been recent progress in Darfur, much more was required in the realization of justice and the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Dr. Chambas also reaffirmed UNAMID’s commitment to the peace process in Darfur and expressed his appreciation to the Government of Qatar for its support for the peace efforts.

In July, the envoy reported to the UN Security Council that the security situation in Darfur, which is entering its 10th year of conflict, remains volatile, amid fighting between Sudanese government forces and rebels, a recent spate of attacks against peacekeepers and an upsurge in inter-ethnic violence.

Since the beginning of this year, renewed violence has prompted more than 250,000 people to flee their villages and abandon their livelihoods, and the inter-tribal clashes have strained the ability of humanitarian organisations to reach vulnerable families.
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25 september 2013 22:39:47

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