Implementation of Darfur peace agreement "has progressed very slowly": UN official

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Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefs Security Council meeting

The implementation of a peace agreement to end the conflict in the Darfur region of  Sudan has been very slow, according to the head of UN peacekeeping operations.

Hervé Ladsous briefed the Security Council on Thursday on the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur.

The document, which is now the framework for the peace process, was finalized in Doha, Qatar, in May 2011.

In July, the government of Sudan and the Liberation and Justice Movement signed an agreement committing themselves to the document but Mr. Ladsous questions the pace of its implementation.

"One has to say that the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur has progressed very slowly. I can report, of course, that the signatories have achieved some limited progress, primarily in the areas of planning and administration, but this successes, if one can call them, that did not result in direct and significant benefits to the general population of Darfur." (25")

Mr. Ladsous said the parties must accelerate the implementation of the outstanding provisions of the agreement and put increased focus on what the called "the dividend of peace."

He said there must be tangible benefits to local communities, including the nearly two million people who have been displaced by the conflict which started in 2003 between government and rebel forces.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’27″


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