UN / DARFUR

10-Jan-2018 00:02:22
UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council today that the Government of Sudan was firmly “consolidating its control and state authority across Darfur” adding that its disarmament campaign in the region has been received with “mixed reactions.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DARFUR
TRT: 02:22
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 JANUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

10 JANUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“Following the military victory against the rebel movements, the Government of Sudan is firmly consolidating its control and state authority across Darfur, except for pockets in the Jebel Marra area, controlled by a fragmented and weakened Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid (SLA/AW), and with the other rebel groups being engaged in neighbouring countries in mercenary and criminal activities.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“Without major incidents overall, the disarmament campaign has been received with mixed reactions and scepticism, particularly by the IDP communities, while local authorities and tribal leaders consider that it has increased the security among the communities. UNAMID is engaging the authorities on reported concerns over non-respect for the rule of law and violations of human rights associated with the campaign, while monitoring its conduct in the IDP camps, including Kalma.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“While the reporting period did not witness any armed clashes between Government forces and the Darfur armed movements, the initiation of the ‘forceful’ stage of the weapons collection campaign across Darfur and its launching in the IDP camps constituted its key features. In addition, the start of the migration season continued to generate violence among communities, although at lower levels than in the previous years. No tangible progress was noted in the Darfur political process or in the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur.”
8. Wide shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nation:
“The Sudanese Government will spare no effort to carry out this campaign regarding all civilians who bear arms to make the bearing of arms exclusive to the armed forces and security forces and fully implement the law for those who break or refuse compliance with the law regarding arms and munition. The only way to carry out this campaign is to strictly adhere to the law without exception and this is what has been happening thus far.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council today (10 Jan) that the Government of Sudan was firmly “consolidating its control and state authority across Darfur” adding that its disarmament campaign in the region has been received with “mixed reactions.”

Last June, the Security Council adopted resolution 2363 endorsing a two-phase reconfiguration of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAHID) owning the improved security situation in the region. As part of the phase one, Lacroix said the mission handed over 11 team sites to the Government by the end of October.

The peacekeeping chief said while the reporting period did not witness any armed clashes between Government forces and the Darfur armed movements, “the initiation of the ‘forceful’ stage of the weapons collection campaign across Darfur and its launching in the IDP camps constituted its key features.” He said the disarmament campaign “has been received with mixed reactions and scepticism, particularly by the IDP communities, while local authorities and tribal leaders consider that it has increased the security among the communities.” He said UNAMID is engaging the authorities on reported concerns over non-respect for the rule of law and violations of human rights associated with the campaign, while monitoring its conduct in the IDP camps. Lacroix also said there had been “no tangible progress” in the Darfur political process or in the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur.

Sudanese ambassador Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed said there was nothing left in the Darfur crisis except for residual matters such as the displacement and development issues which are connected to the peace building agenda. He expressed his Government’s view that the time has come for the United Nations and the international community to support it in resolving these issues.

Mohamed said the Sudanese Government would “spare no effort” to carry out its weapons collection campaign “to make the bearing of arms exclusive to the armed forces and security forces and fully implement the law for those who break or refuse compliance” with it. He added that the only way to carry out this campaign “is to strictly adhere to the law without exception and this is what has been happening thus far.” He said Sudan is ready to leave this campaign to the UNAMID forces to conduct if it would commit to collecting weapons because the presence of arms in former conflict areas would only allow for challenges to persist.
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