UN official calls for further engagement in Sudan's new strategy on Darfur

09:19, September 20, 2010      

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The United Nations (UN) official here on Sunday called for further engagement of UN agencies in the Sudanese government's new strategy on resolving the conflicts in the western Sudanese region of Darfur.

UN Secretary General's Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, George Charpentier, said that the representative of UN agencies in Khartoum have acknowledged with the basic references of the government's new peace strategy on Darfur.

Sudanese government Thursday approved the new strategy on Darfur peace, aiming to achieve a peaceful settlement, restore life in the region to normal track and realize a comprehensive peace.

"We need to follow up on how we engage the humanitarian country team and the humanitarian partners on the Darfur strategy," he said at a meeting of the Joint Mechanism between Sudanese government and the UN on Coordinating humanitarian work in Darfur.

"I think it is a very good idea to establish a dedicating working group to articulate more precisely what and how we can engage," he added.

Charpentier further asked for involving the United Nations- African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in the working team.

"Considering the references in the strategy, I want to associate UNAMID in this working group, not because they are a key humanitarian partner, because they are not, but because they are supporting us with a lot of logistics and with security in Darfur, " he said.

Sudanese Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, Suleiman Marhab, said that the "international community has agreed with the State to adopt the new strategy on Darfur."

Marhab added that the humanitarian axis required close cooperation and full coordination among all partners through the implementation of the strategy.

The commissioner reiterated the humanitarian stability in Darfur, saying that "the humanitarian situations are stable and the health and food indicators are good. There are no food gaps in any field."

The joint mechanism for coordinating the humanitarian work are joined by Sudan government, the UN and other donor countries including the United States, Britain, China, Russia, the European Union, the African Union and the Arab League. The mechanism is tasked with following up the humanitarian work in Darfur and evaluating the necessary needs.

Source: Xinhua


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