UNAMID facilitates mediation between Misseriya and Salamat in Central DarfurListen /
The joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) facilitated the travel of the governor of Sudan's Central Darfur to the town of Um Dukhun where two ethnic groups clashed in the past weeks.
The fighting between Salamat and Misseriya in Um Dukhun reportedly left about 100 people dead and dozens more injured, as well burnt shops and houses including at a site for displaced people.
UNAMID says a team of its officials accompanied the governor known as the Wali to the town on Sunday, 17 November.
Farhan Haq, UN Associate Spokesperson says the delegation met with the local security committee, the local peace and reconciliation committee as well as with representatives of both the Salamat and the Misseriya.
"It also met with representatives from international non-governmental organizations and the Sudanese Humanitarian Affairs Commission operating in the area who confirmed that the security situation has improved since 14 November. The mission says that international non-governmental organizations have decided to stay to carry out their activities instead of evacuating as previously requested. The mission says it remains gravely concerned about the impact of inter-tribal violence on the civilian population in the affected areas."
Farhan Haq said that UNAMID will continue to exert intensive efforts to bring the fighting parties to agree on a cessation of hostilities and be ready to facilitate longer-term reconciliation between them.
UNAMID was deployed to the troubled Darfur region of Sudan in 2008 to take over from the African Union mission which was deployed there three years after the outbreak of civil war in the region in 2003.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.