UN-backed talks endorse draft on Darfur peace pact

New York, US (PANA) - UN-backed inclusive consultations on the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region has ended in the Qatari capital, Doha, with delegates voicing support for a draft document that will form the basis of a permanent ceasefire and a comprehensive peace agreement.

A UN statement, made available to PANA in New York on Thursday, stated that the five-day consultations, tagged: "The All Darfur Stakeholders Conference'', ended Wednesday.

It said the delegates called on the Sudanese government and the armed movements "to make every effort to reach a permanent ceasefire and a comprehensive peace settlement on the basis of this document."

In their final communique, participants noted that significant progress had been made on compensation and return of IDPs and refugees; power sharing and administrative status of Darfur, wealth sharing, human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Others are permanent ceasefire and final security arrangements and mechanism for internal dialogue and implementation modalities.

The conference, however, noted that despite the progress in the negotiations, the security situation in Darfur remained precarious.

"Given the direct humanitarian consequences of this situation, the conference called upon the Doha negotiating parties to abide by the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities agreements already signed,'' the statement quoted the communique as saying.

It also said that, "the conference strongly urged all the other armed movements of Darfur and the Government of Sudan to end hostilities and to sign a ceasefire agreement with the Government of Sudan."

The gathering brought together high-ranking representatives of the Government of Sudan, Darfur movements, civil society delegates, representatives of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Sudanese political party leaders and elected members of state legislatures and the national parliament from Darfur.

In a related development, the UN/AU ission in Darfur (UNAMID) on Thursday said that several humanitarian organizations were able to access the Kalma IDP camp to provide assistance to residents.

PANA recalled that Sudanese authorities had restricted entrance to the camp since 17 May.
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02 june 2011 17:27:31

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