UN Security Council tasks Darfurians on Doha peace pact

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has called on all parties to the long-running conflict in Sudan's Darfur region to reach an agreement based on the Doha Document for Peace.

The Pan African News Agency (PANA) reported that the document was presented to the Security Council on Thursday.

A UN statement made available to PANA in New York, said: "The members of the Security Council called on all parties urgently to resolve their differences and called on them to make every effort to reach a permanent ceasefire and a comprehensive peace agreement as soon as possible, on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace."

It stated that the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon received a copy of the declaration on Monday and ``welcomed it as the basis for reaching a permanent ceasefire and inclusive peace settlement and sustainable peace and stability in Darfur.

``The Secretary-General met earlier this week with Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Djibril Bassolé and Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed bin Abdulla Al-Mahmoud, who co-chaired the Conference of Stakeholders in Darfur, held in Doha at the end of last month,'' it noted.

PANA learnt that some 500 persons participated in the conference in Doha, the Qatari capital, representing the Sudanese government, Darfurian rebel movements, civil society delegates, representatives of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Sudanese political party leaders and elected members of state legislatures and the national Parliament.

The UN estimated that more than 300,000 people have been killed since the conflict between rebels, Sudanese government forces and allied militiamen erupted in 2003.

It also added that about 2.7 million others have had to flee their homes.

Both sides have been accused of numerous human rights abuses.
-0- PANA AA/BOS 24June2011

24 june 2011 14:45:17

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