UNAMID chief stresses need for dialogue to resolve Sudan conflict

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Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Joint Special Representative and Head of the African Union and United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Sudan's political issues can only be resolved through a dialogue with all parties to the conflict.

That's what the head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) told UN Radio on Friday.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas was in New York where he briefed the Security Council on the situation in Darfur.

Mr. Chambas said efforts would be intensified to encourage direct talks and that he was pleased the Sudanese government had announced it would hold a national dialogue.

"So we have to support this process, encourage all the parties because in many regards, the political issues of Sudan can only be resolved in a holistic manner, in an all-inclusive dialogue where all Sudanese political parties, civil society, the armed movements participate and sit down to discuss what has been the cause of conflict in Sudan and in Darfur and how do Sudanese, working together, solve it."

Thousands of people in Darfur remain displaced since fighting broke out in 2003 between rebel groups and government forces supported by their allied militiamen known as Janjaweed.

UNAMID is in the process of revising its priorities to focus on protecting civilians, mediating conflicts and facilitating the delivery of aid following Thursday's Security Council meeting.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.



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