UN delegation urges Darfur armed movements to immediately join peace talks

13:52, October 10, 2010      

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Visiting United Nations Security Council (UNSC) delegation to Sudan on Saturday urged the Darfur armed movements to immediately join peace talks in the Qatari capital of Doha and without pre-conditions.

"There is an urgent need for successful peace process and we take this opportunity again to urge those rebel groups who are not participating in the Doha process, led by Mr. Bassole, to do so immediately and without pre-conditions," said head of the UNSC delegation, the British Ambassador Mark Grant, at a press conference in Khartoum.

He urged the parties in Darfur to cease hostilities and cooperate with the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

"We are deeply concerned about the insecurity and continuing conflicts in Darfur which has led to significant suffering of the Darfuri people and the IDPs in particular, " he said.

The UNSC official also stressed the importance for the parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CAP), the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), to overcome the outstanding issues to ensure organization of the referendum on time.

"We have heard strong commitment by both parties to fully implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and their recognition of the need for the referenda to be held on time to be peaceful, to be credible, and for the outcomes to be fully respected," said Grant.

In the meantime, the U.S. ambassador to the UN Sudan Rice said the Abyei referendum was essential and affirmed the importance of conducting it simultaneously with south Sudan referendum.

"The United States, at the request of both parties, has been hosting for the last couple of days intense discussions in Addis Ababa to try to resolve the crucial issues related to conducting the referendum in Abyei on time coincident with the referendum for the south as we are all committed to on Jan. 9," Rice said at the press conference.

The UNSC delegation on Saturday held talks with the Sudanese government officials including the Sudanese Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha and the Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Ahmed Karti besides talks with representatives of civil society organizations in Sudan.

The delegation on Wednesday began a four-day visit to Sudan to get acquainted with the ongoing arrangements of the referendum on self-determination for southern Sudan, slated for January 2011, and the conditions in the Darfur region which has suffered a civil war since 2003.

Source: Xinhua


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