UN envoy calls for "permanent cease-fire" in Sudan's Darfur

14:08, July 23, 2011      

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With many "daunting challenges" in Sudan's Darfur, a top UN envoy on Friday called on all parties of the conflict to "reach a permanent cease-fire and a comprehensive peace agreement as soon as possible."

"With regards to the peace process itself, the challenge for the international community, led essentially by this esteemed body and the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council, is to determine how best to impress on all the sides involved in the conflict that a military solution is not the way to go," Ibrahim Gambari, joint special representative of UNAMID, said in his briefing to the Security Council.

Gambari named such challenges as for all parties to the conflict "agree to a cessation of hostilities" with an inclusive and comprehensive peace agreement, ensuring local ownership of peace process by Darfurians, transparent political process as well as the "important need for an enabling environment to make possible a Darfur-based process."

"As this Council stressed in its statement on June 23, every effort should be made to reach a permanent cease-fire and a comprehensive peace agreement as soon as possible, on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD)," he said.

Ongoing intermittent clashes between the government and movement forces continue to adversely affect the humanitarian situation, with displacements of civilian population reaching between 60,000 to 70,000 since the beginning of the year, he said.

"It is my sincere hope that, after its deliberations, the Council would provide strong support and guidance during the critical phase of UNAMID's mandate implementation, to consolidate recent gains particularly on protection of civilians, access and delivery of humanitarian assistance as well as the endorsement of the DDPD," he said.

Despite the progress made with the signing of the Doha document by the government of Sudan and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), other rebel groups still have not signed on to a peace deal.

Fighting in Darfur between rebels and Sudan's government has been going on since 2003. According to UN estimates, the conflict has left 300,000 dead and 2.7 million displaced.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
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