UN-African Union envoy in Darfur wraps up visit to five states

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Mohamed ibn Chambas

The best solution to the conflict in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan is to achieve peace, says Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of the joint African Union-United Nations mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

Mr. Chambas has wrapped up a series of field visits across the five states of Darfur, where UNAMID is mandated to protect civilians and facilitate a solution to the crisis that began with a civil war in 2003.

UN spokesperson, Martin Nesirky says the envoy embarked on the mission to assess the security, humanitarian and political situation in the five states.

"During his visits, Mohamed Ibn Chambas met with representatives of internally displaced people, traditional leaders, State authorities and UNAMID staff. Mr. Chambas said that the best solution to the conflict in Darfur is to achieve a lasting peace so that citizens can live without fear or intimidation. He also reiterated UNAMID's commitment to protect civilians, saying that the mission and its partners will continue to do their best to address the needs of the communities." (29")

The United Nations is concerned about what has been termed "a very troubling" situation in Darfur as a result of fighting between government forces and rebels, as well as inter-communal violence.

The UN estimates that over 200,000 people in the region have been displaced by the clashes, including 24,000 to Chad.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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