UN chief happy with moves towards peace in Darfur

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed happiness with the progress made during last peace talks in Doha, Qatar, aimed at resolving the eight-year conflict in Sudan's Darfur region.

PANA recalled that the All-Darfur Stakeholders Conference, which was held last week, ended with delegates voicing support for a draft document that would form the basis of a permanent ceasefire and a comprehensive peace pact.

Delegates said significant progress was made on several fronts, including power sharing and the administrative status of Darfur, human rights, compensation and the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees.

A UN statement, made available to PANA in New York on Monday, stated that Ban welcomed the outcome of the conference, noting that, ``it laid the basis for reaching a permanent ceasefire and inclusive peace settlement and sustainable peace and stability in Darfur''.

He urged the parties to ``immediately end hostilities, sign a ceasefire and make the compromises necessary to reach a sustainable peace''.

He also thanked Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, and other international partners for the support they had given to the joint UN/AU mediation efforts.

The UN had estimated that over 300,000 people have been killed since the conflict between rebels, Sudanese government forces and allied militiamen erupted in 2003 and about 2.7 million others have had to flee their homes.

It also said that both sides had been accused of numerous human rights abuses.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 6June2011

06 june 2011 14:10:33

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