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Commenting on the recent Independence Day celebrations in South Sudan, UN Joint Special Representative in Darfur Ibrahim Gambari urged the international community not to forget Darfur saying "we need to celebrate the end of the fighting in Darfur so that the people of Darfur can begin to live normal lives." UNTV / FILE

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DATELINE: 21 JULY 2011, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT / FILE

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RECENT - UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

UNTV - 21 JULY 2011, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ibrahim Gambari, Joint Special Representative, African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur:
“There are 1.8 million IDPs, internally displaced people in Darfur. That is not normal. We must not accept as normal a situation that’s truly abnormal. We are doing our best but for then to return to their places of origin, there are three main conditions. One, security; second some minimum social services such as schools and health clinics; third and above all the means of livelihood.”
FILE – UNAMID - 12 APRIL 2010, ELFASHER, SUDAN
3. Various shots, Ibrahim Gambari at IDP camps, Abu Shouk and Al Salam

UNTV - 21 JULY 2011, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ibrahim Gambari, Joint Special Representative, African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur:
“A new reality is being created. We now have a peace agreement and also as opposed to the past efforts, this agreement was blessed by all Darfurian stakeholders conference which took place several weeks ago in Doha in which you have the internally displaced persons, refugees, civil society groups, elected officials came and the message there was loud and clear: we want peace and we want peace now, not tomorrow but now. So the hope is that with this peace agreement that has been signed and the voice of the people of Darfur heard loud and clear, it would really put pressure on those outside of the peace process to commit. At least that is my hope.”

FILE – UNAMID - 1-2 DECEMBER 2010, DARFUR, SUDAN
5. Various shots, Doha and African Union mediation team in Darfur

UNTV - 21 JULY 2011, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ibrahim Gambari, Joint Special Representative, African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur:
“What happened on the 9th of July has tremendous impact on the minds of the government of Sudan which is that the realization they have lost one third of their revenue as a result of the independence, separation of the new Republic of South Sudan. One third of the territories, one fourth of their population so there is a need to keep what is left of north Sudan and I would strongly urge the Government to make the necessary concessions now in order to keep the rest of Sudan united which means they have to commit to power-sharing, to wealth-sharing and to cessation of hostilities particularly if one or hopefully more of the armed movement will commit to the peace agreement. I think the time is now.”

FILE – UNMIS – 9 JULY 2011, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

7. Various shots, Independence Day celebrations

UNTV - 21 JULY 2011, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ibrahim Gambari, Joint Special Representative, African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur:
“Darfur should not be forgotten. We just celebrated the independence if South Sudan. We need to celebrate the end of the fighting in Darfur so that the people of Darfur can begin to live normal lives. This 1.8 million IDPs can safely and voluntarily return to their homes.”

FILE – UNAMID - OCTOBER 2010, EL FASHER, DARFUR, SUDAN

9. Various shots, Security Council mission to Darfur

STORYLINE:

Commenting on the recent Independence Day celebrations in South Sudan, UN Joint Special Representative in Darfur Ibrahim Gambari urged the international community not to forget Darfur saying “we need to celebrate the end of the fighting in Darfur so that the people of Darfur can begin to live normal lives."

During an interview at UN headquarters yesterday (21 July), Gambari said that it’s “not normal” that there are currently 1.8 million internally displaced people (IDP) in Darfur.

Last month, the UN Human Rights office expressed concerns about the conditions of Zamzam IDP Camp in Darfur and called for renewed international focus on the situation in the war-torn Sudanese region.

Zamzam IDP (Internally Displaced People) camp, which lies on the outskirts of El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state, and is home to more than 100,000 people.

Gambari said that the UN is doing its best but in order for the IDPs “to return to their places of origin” there needs to be security, minimum social services and means of livelihood.

Turning to peace talks, Gambari said “a new reality is being created” on the recent deal between the Sudanese Government and the rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) signed in the Qatari capital of Doha.

“The message there was loud and clear: we want peace and we want peace now, not tomorrow but now,” he added.

The deal is a draft document that will form the basis of a permanent ceasefire and a comprehensive peace agreement to end the fighting that began eight years ago.

Unfortunately the agreement does not yet include negotiations with the hold-out armed movements such as the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid and the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minawi.

Since 2003, when the deadly conflict erupted in Darfur between rebels, Government forces and allied militiamen, an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and about 2.7 million others have been displaced.

Now that South Sudan is independent, Gambari called on the Government of Sudan to commit to power-sharing, wealth-sharing and cessation of all hostilities as “necessary concessions” to keep the rest of Sudan united.
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