UN chief urges more efforts by parties to end Darfur conflict

08:27, July 20, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon has again urged all parties to the conflict in Darfur to seriously pursue peace, citing ongoing violence, displacement and human rights violations in the region despite several years of United Nations-backed attempts to end the hostilities.

In his latest report to the Security Council on the joint African Union-UN mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Ban notes that 2010 has seen some indications of progress, including a protocol on border security signed by Sudan and Chad, and the holding of largely peaceful elections in Darfur.

However, efforts toward peace have remained "frustrated" by the fragmentation of Darfur's armed groups and by ongoing military operations, which have uprooted more civilians and caused further suffering to the people of the region.

Violence flared between Sudanese Government forces and those of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in May, in breach of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed earlier this year, making May the deadliest month since the establishment of UNAMID in 2007.

In addition, tribal conflict, displacements, criminality and violations of human rights continued throughout the first half of this year in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million others have been displaced in the past seven years as a result of fighting between rebels and Government forces backed by allied Janjaweed militiamen.

Violent attacks have also continued against UNAMID personnel, five of whom were killed in recent months.

"These are not signs that peace in Darfur is being pursued with seriousness and in good faith," Ban said in the report.

Source: Xinhua


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