UN-backed disarmament process begins in Darfur

New York, US (PANA) - More than 1,000 former fighters from Sudan’s armed forces and Darfur’s rebel groups will over the next 10 days, lay down their arms and begin a UN-backed process aimed at reintegrating them into civilian life, a UN statement said Monday.

The statement, which was made available to PANA in New York, said the disarmament programme began Sunday in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state.

It said it was being organized by the National Sudanese Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Coordination Council, in conjuction with the UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

It said: "UNAMID will provide medical tests and HIV/AIDS counselling to participants, as well as logistical support to the wider programme.

"When the former fighters register and hand over their weapons, they will receive some material support and occupational training to help them earn a living again in civilian life.

"The ex-combatants are drawn from the ranks of both the military and several rebel groups in Darfur, where fighting has raged on and off in the remote Sudanese region since 2003," the statement noted.
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18 april 2011 19:01:41

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