UNAMID chief urges Sudan gov't, Darfur rebel groups to make concessions

13:22, January 29, 2010      

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Chief of the United Nations- African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Ibrahim Gambari on Thursday urged the Sudanese government and Darfur rebel groups to make concessions to help achieve peace in Darfur.

"Our task is to support the political and peace process to reach an agreement that would satisfy all parties and end the conflict in Darfur. All efforts should be made to achieve this goal," Gambari told reporters following a meeting with the Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir in Khartoum Thursday.

He said his meeting with al-Bashir focused on a number of issues relating to Darfur peace process, saying that "we discussed all the efforts aiming at making peace, including the ongoing peace process in Qatar, Doha."

"We also touched on Chad-Sudan relations and the recent efforts made to conclude an accord, which hopefully will help bring peace to Darfur," he added.

Gambari, the Nigerian diplomat, officially assumed his task as the Joint African Union-United Nations Special Representative for Darfur early this month, succeeding Congolese diplomat Rodolphe Adada who resigned in August 2009.

UNAMID took over the peacekeeping mission in Darfur from the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) on Dec. 31, 2007. The mission is expected this year to complete deployment of its full authorized strength in the region, which amounts to 26,000 military, police and civilian components.

Source: Xinhua
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