Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The head of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, has urged the United Kingdom to support the Darfur peace deal signed in Doha, Qatar, which the envoy said was on the cusp of making real progress, a press release issued by the hybrid organization in London and received by PANA here, said Friday.
The release pointed out that in meetings with senior UK officials, Joint Special Representative (JSR) Gambari outlined the progress on the implementation and dissemination of the Doha Darfur Peace Document (DDPD), signed in July, this year, the result of two years of negotiations among the parties to the Darfur conflict.
"The United Kingdom, as an important member of the international community, has a key role in moving forward the peace process in Darfur, especially in building support for the full and timely implementation of the Doha Document, while also persuading the hold out movements to join the peace process, making it both comprehensive and inclusive," he was quoted as saying.
The statement said Gambari, who is also the interim Joint Chief Mediator for the Darfur peace process, met the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen O'Brien, and the Director for Africa of the Department for International Development, as well as the UK Special Envoy for Sudan, Michael Ryder and Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director for Africa, Tim Hitchens.
He also stressed to them the importance of early recovery and development activities to a sustainable peace in Darfur, explaining that “there is the need to concretely address the challenges of early recovery and development, with the Government of Sudan and the United Nations Country Team in the lead, so as to bring the dividends of peace to the people of Darfur, who have suffered for too long and too deeply,” the release said.
The Doha Darfur Peace Document was agreed to by the Government of Sudan and the Liberation and Justice Movement in July and its implementation began shortly thereafter.
The release said Professor Gambari has been actively engaging the non-signatory movements, such as the Justice and Equality Movement and the Minni Minawi faction, to get them to commit to the DDPD.
He has also been pressing key international partners to lend concrete support to the current peace process, as well as lend their weight to convincing the hold-out movements to get on board.
The release professor Gambari stopped in London en route Washington, D.C., where a major conference on the Darfur peace process, sponsored by the US Department of State and the US Institute for Peace will bring together stakeholders involved in ending the eight-year conflict in the western Sudan region, on 15 and 16 November.
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