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ARABIC , ENGLISH 14-Sep-2017 00:02:22
The Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said the situation in the Sudanese region was largely calm adding that most insecurity currently experienced in Darfur “can be attributed to the tensions originating from the underlying causes of the conflict, exacerbated by the proliferation of arms in the hands of civilians and militia groups.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DARFUR
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DATELINE: 14 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

14 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremiah N. Mamabolo, Joint Special Representative, African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID):
“Most of the insecurity currently experienced in Darfur can be attributed to the tensions originating from the underlying causes of the conflict, exacerbated by the proliferation of arms in the hands of civilians and militia groups. Inter-communal disputes, usually triggered by competition over land, water, livestock and mineral resources, have become increasingly violent due to the availability of weapons.”
4. Med shot, Sudanese ambassador
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremiah N. Mamabolo, Joint Special Representative, African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID):
“While we will continue to engage both parties to break this stalemate, we call upon the Council and those with influence on the parties to stress the importance of a political settlement and desist from bringing more suffering to the very people that they profess to represent.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nation:
“The commencement of the withdrawal and closure of UNAMID bases from the Darfur states sends positive signals which imply a confirmation by the international community that situation is returning to normalcy and security is being restored. This has been reflected in the increasing number of displaced people returning to their villages and a number of local rebel group commanders joining the peace process.”
8. Med shot, Joint Special Representative
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nation:
“The Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) remains, as we have repeatedly said, the only way forward towards achieving a lasting peace in Darfur as it has included comprehensive and inclusive solutions to address the root causes of the Darfur crisis. And despite the refusal of a very few rebel group commanders to join this document, over 85 percent of the provisions in the document have been achieve and work continues to implement what is left in order to reach a lasting peace that would engulf the land of Darfur and all of Sudan.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said the situation in the Sudanese region was largely calm adding that most insecurity currently experienced in Darfur “can be attributed to the tensions originating from the underlying causes of the conflict, exacerbated by the proliferation of arms in the hands of civilians and militia groups.”

Speaking to the Security Council today (14 Sep), Jeremiah Mamabolo said there has been a reduction in the number of intercommunal incidents with the exception of the violent clashes between the Rezeigat and the Ma'alia in East Darfur. However, he added that inter-communal disputes, “usually triggered by competition over land, water, livestock and mineral resources, have become increasingly violent due to the availability of weapons.” Mamabolo noted the Sudanese Government’s campaign for arms control in Darfur, but said that some tribes and militia groups remaining critical of the Government’s intentions.

Turning to the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), Mamabolo reported limited progress in its implementation particularly on issues such as durable solutions to displacement, the administration of land, water, and other scarce resources, and the issue of armed militias. The Special Representative said the movements headed by Abdul Wahid Al-Nur, Minni Minawi and Gibril Ibrahim insist on a sequencing of the negotiations from the cessation of hostilities to discussions on the DDPD, while the Government insists on a commitment to the Document as a basis for negotiations. Mamabolo called on the Council “and those with influence on the parties to stress the importance of a political settlement and desist from bringing more suffering to the very people that they profess to represent.”

Sudanese ambassador Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed said the drawdown of UNAMID peacekeepers from Darfur “sends positive signals which imply a confirmation by the international community that situation is returning to normalcy and security is being restored.” He stressed that this had been reflected in the “increasing number of displaced people returning to their villages and a number of local rebel group commanders joining the peace process.” The Sudanese ambassador reiterated his Government’s stance that the DDPD remains “the only way forward towards achieving a lasting peace in Darfur.” He added that despite the refusal of a “very few rebel group commanders to join this document, over 85 percent of the provisions in the document have been achieve and work continues to implement what is left in order to reach a lasting peace that would engulf the land of Darfur and all of Sudan.”
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