Threats to aid workers in Darfur are a serious concern: UNAMID

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A UNAMID police from Nigeria inspects an ambushed car, with remnants of blood, in El Geneina, West Darfur. Photo by Albert González Farran

The security situation in Darfur and threats to UNAMID and humanitarian personnel continue to be of serious concern.

That's what Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), told the Security Council via video on Wednesday.

Mr. Chambas gave details of various attacks on peacekeepers that took place in El Fasher, North Darfur, as well as in Geneina, West Darfur, describing them as "heinous crimes".

He said the situation in Darfur was further complicated by the inter-tribal conflicts that plague the region, and that have led to a large number of civilian casualties and mass displacement.

"As part of our efforts to mitigate the situation, UNAMID worked closely with regional, state and local authorities, including through provision of logistics and technical support towards renewed attempts at bringing about reconciliation between the conflicting tribal groups. Although a number of agreements on cessation of hostilities have been reached the situation remains fragile."

The UNAMID chief also updated the Council on the implementation of the Doha Document for peace in Darfur.

Mr.Chambas said he held preliminary consultations with the leaders of the non-signatory movements and remained "engaged in attempts to find a common ground to advance the peace process."

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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