AU affirms support for Sudan's new strategy on Darfur

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The African Union (AU) on Wednesday affirmed its support for the new strategy on Darfur issue which has been working on by Sudan.

With the help of the strategy, it is possible to come up with an urgent solution to the conflict in Darfur and to other issues concerning development, reconciliations and justice, Chairman of the AU High-level Panel on Sudan Thabo Mbeki told reporters on Wednesday after meeting Sudanese Presidential Adviser Ghazi Salahuddin who is in charge of the Darfur issue.

He pledged that the African Union Panel on Sudan will cooperate with the Sudanese government and the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur in implementing the strategy. He added that a comprehensive strategy by Khartoum on Darfur would address all the major issues concerning the conflict.

Working out a strategy to speed up the process towards a solution involves solving such issues as peace, security, development, and the voluntary return of the internally displaced persons and refugees in Darfur.

Ghazi Salahuddin, for his part, said Sudan is seeking to take into consideration all view points of institutions and persons involving in the Darfur conflict.

Sudan is working on the strategy, which is yet to be approved in its final version, in a transparent manner, trying to listen to the view points of the institutions and persons concerned, he said, adding Sudan find the viewpoints of Thabo Mbeki useful.

He added the final version of the strategy will be presented to the Council of Ministers, representing the Government of National Unity, which will approve it or make amendments.

Khartoum said it will base the new strategy on the principle of "working closely with the citizens", which requires considering the opinions of the Darfur people, improving its ties with the neighboring countries.

Khartoum is currently holding peace talks with some Darfur rebel movements in the Qatari capital Doha, but the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) led by Khalil Ibrahim, and the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) led by Abdul-Wahid Mohamed Nur, are boycotting the negotiations.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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