Peace talks to end conflict in Darfur "still fragmented"

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Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefs the Security Council on the situation in Sudan, South Sudan & Darfur. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The political process to end the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region "remains fragmented".

That's according to the UN's head of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, briefing the Security Council on Monday.

Mr Ladsous said that he hoped the Sudanese government would extend its "full support and cooperation" with the new leadership of the UN Mission in Darfur, UNAMID.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Mr Ladsous said there was a "stark contrast" between the views of armed rebel groups" in the Darfur region, and the government of Sudan, which has issued statements that claim the region is no longer in a state of conflict.

The UN peacekeeping chief said that renewed military confrontation involving government and rebel forces, indicated that there was still a long way to go before the 25,000-strong UNAMID force could leave.

"The political process to resolve the conflict through dialogue remains fragmented, and progress thus far, limited. Major armed movements and opposition parties continue to boycott the national dialogue framework."

He said that despite the "inconclusive" state of the peace process, the government was moving ahead with a referendum on the administrative status of Darfur, in April.

He added that the timetable would make it extremely challenging for thousands of civilians internally displaced by the decades-long conflict, to take part.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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