UNAMID head of mission calls for an inclusive dialogue to solve Darfur crisis

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Mohamed ibn Chambas

The United Nations/African Union Joint Special Representative and also the Joint Chief Mediator of the Darfur peace process, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has called on all stakeholders in the Darfur conflict to engage in dialogue for an inclusive and comprehensive peace process.

Dr. Chambas called upon the international community to steer non-signatory movements towards the path of peace. He reiterated earlier calls for parties to the conflict to lay down arms, saying that weapons cannot solve the problems of Darfur.

He was speaking at the start of two day Retreat for Special Envoys and United Nations partners focused on Darfur, taking place El Fasher, Darfur, today.

“Ten years into the conflict in Darfur, both the government and the non-signatory movements must recognize that there is no military solution. We, in the international community, must direct all our efforts in steering the non-signatories towards the path of peace. It is my hope that this retreat will allow us to speak frankly, put aside our perceptions for each others' role in the conflict and articulate tangible strategies aimed at bringing all parties to the table and keeping them involved in the peace process.”

This is the fifth time a similar retreat for Special Envoys is being held. The retreat brings together all Special Envoys focused on Darfur. It takes stock of developments to the conflict and the region at large as well as further develop an international shared approach to the conflict in the region.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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