UN envoys to meet in Kigali to plan Darfur peace restoration

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- United Nations Special Envoys to Sudan will meet in Kigali, Rwanda, this weekend (26-28 February) to plan for the future of peace in Darfur, after the latest fighting there uprooted over 1,500 people in Darfurâ ?s Jabel Marra region, officials said Thursday.
Nigeriaâ?s Ibrahim Gambari, the head of the UN/African Union Joint Mission in D arfur (UNAMID), will lead the team of UN envoys to discuss peace priorities in D a rfur.
â?This weekend, the Joint Special Representative (JSR) will lead a retreat for the special envoys to the Sudan in Kigali, Rwanda, where they are expected to di s cuss their plans and priorities to restore stability to Darfur,â? UNAMID said in a statement.
The latest fighting in Darfur has displaced 1,500 people.
Relief workers in the region remained upbeat that the signing of a peace deal with the regionâ?s main rebel movement, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), would ease relief acces s to the needy people UNAMID said due to the volatile security situation since fighting broke out in J anuary, very few agencies had been able to provide these Internally Displaced Po p ulations (IDPs) with desperately-needed aid.
However, following the Darfur Framework Agreement, signed Tuesday between the Su danese Government and the JEM, it is expected that help will quickly begin to re a ch the areas affected by the recent clashes.
â?Following a humanitarian mission conducted by UNAMIDâ?s Humanitarian Liaison Office and several of the regionâ?s agencies on 22 February, UNAMID has ascerta ined that over 1,500 people had been displaced to Thur, West Darfur, from nearby villages as a result of the increased fighting in Jebel Marra area.
UNAMID said it was already finalising plans for other similar missions to the af fected areas, in coordination with other humanitarian agencies.
Meanwhile, Gambari has hailed the signing of the Darfur Framework Agreement in D oha.
Gambari congratulated Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, JEM leader Dr.
Khalil I brahim, and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, for pushing th r ough the agreement.
He also acknowledged Chadian President Idriss Deby, Eritreaâ?s President Issaya s Afewerki, and AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator Djibril Bassolأ©, for their efforts t o bring about the Doha peace agreement.

25 february 2010 15:10:00

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