UN chief tasks Darfurians on peace talks

New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon has called on all parties in strife-torn Darfur to cease hostilities and participate in the ongoing efforts to bring about a peaceful and negotiated settlement to the fighting that has wrecked the western Sudanese region for over seven years.
The Pan African News Agency (PANA) recalled that in recent months, the Sudanese government forces have clashed with members of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), which had led to a deterioration in the security situation in Darfur.
The rebel group had also withdrawn from peace talks in Doha, Qatar, and is yet to re-engage in the processes.
"We have consistently urged the Sudanese government and JEM to refrain from violence and return to the negotiating table and we will continue to do so," a UN statement issued Tuesday, quoted the secretary-general as saying.
It also said that Ban expressed the commitment of UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to find a lasting solution to the conflict and bring about peace and security to the region.
"The secretary-general said the head of UNAMID, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, is working closely with the Sudanese government to bring the tense situation at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kalma under control," the statement stated.
PANA reported that Gambari had last Thursday and Friday met with senior Sudanese officials in an efforts to douse tension and resolve the crisis in the camp.
And on Monday, Gambari continued his talks in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, where he met with top government officials as well as the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, Alexander Aleinikoff.

10 august 2010 17:34:00

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