Darfur crisis can be resolved "only through dialogue and negotiation"

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Rwandan troops with the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) prepare for a patrol in Zam Zam, North Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

The top United Nations envoy in Darfur has stressed that it is only through dialogue and negotiation that the crisis in the Sudanese region can be resolved.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the head of the African Union/UN Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID), spoke to reporters in the capital Khartoum on Thursday.

He said in 2013, the conflict in Darfur surpassed a decade with a steep escalation of inter-communal conflict and fighting between government forces and armed movements.

"My message from the beginning has been unequivocal in that – after 10 years of conflict, after 10 years of violence – and the military option, it is clear that that cannot resolve the conflict in Darfur, and to truly meet the needs of the people one espouses to represent, the way forward is only through dialogue and negotiation." (25")

Mr. Chambas pointed out that 16 of United Nations personnel lost their lives in the line of duty in attacks against peacekeepers.

He said UNAMID continues to protect civilians and support negotiations to resolve the crisis in Darfur which started with fighting between rebels and government forces in 2003.

Hundreds of thousands of people are estimated to have been killed and, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), close to two million others have been displaced of whom over one million live in camps.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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