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A sustainable peace for the people of Darfur is in sight but the challenges still facing the Sudanese region are many, the joint African Union-United Nations envoy there said today (24 July). UNTV 

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DATELINE: 24 JULY 2012, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

24 JULY 2012, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ibrahim Gambari, Joint African Union-UN Special Representative for Darfur:
“Unlike the situation following the Darfur Peace Agreement of 5 May 2006, which was signed in my own country’s capital Abuja en the Government of Sudan had far more resources than political will to implement the agreement; it now appears that the Government has the will, the political will to implement the Doha Document but fewer financial means to fully implement the provisions.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ibrahim Gambari, Joint African Union-UN Special Representative for Darfur:
“In addition to my engagement with the major movements, several smaller armed movements and factions have approached me expressing interest in holding talks with the Government using the Doha Document as the basis for discussions. The movements are listed in the latest report. In my recent discussions with Deputy Prime Minister Al Mahmoud, we agreed that the environment was suitable for a re-launch of the mediation process through preliminary consultations with all interested opposition movements.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations:
“There is no official information based on credible reports about this issue in Darfur. Including the question of the Lord Resistance Army in the question of Darfur is something my country rejects and I will openly say to all members of the Council that we have cooperated wholeheartedly in order to enlarge the peace process in Darfur and this cooperation continues with UNAMID and its officials. However, including this issue is going to be an impediment and a case for refusal that may affect our cooperation with UNAMID and its action in Darfur.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. Zoom out, Security Council

STORYLINE:

A sustainable peace for the people of Darfur is in sight but the challenges still facing the Sudanese region are many, the joint African Union-United Nations envoy there said today (24 July), stressing the need for all parties to remain focused and committed to making further progress.

The Joint Special Representative and head of the UN-AU peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Ibrahim Gambari, in a briefing to the Security Council, noted that the signatories to the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), an agreement signed in Qatar last year between the Sudanese Government and the rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), have made notable progress towards its implementation.

Gambari said that six years after the signing of the Darfur Peace Agreement in Abuja, the Government of Sudan now has “the political will to implement the Doha Document but fewer financial means to fully implement the provisions.”

According to Gambari, many provisions of the DDPD remain unimplemented several months after their stipulated deadlines.

In his capacity as the acting Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Gambari is continuing to work with the Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar, Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, towards the resumption of negotiations between Sudan and non-signatory armed movements.

Gambari said that several holdout armed movements and factions have approached him to express interest in holding talks with the Government using the Doha Document as a basis for discussions.

He said he had agreed with Al Mahmoud “that the environment was suitable for a re-launch of the mediation process through preliminary consultations with all interested opposition movements.”

The UN has previously said that agreement can form the basis for a permanent ceasefire and a comprehensive peace accord to end the fighting that began more than eight years ago in Darfur.

For his part, Sudanese Ambassador Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman questioned AU – UN plans for including a strategy dealing with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Darfur.

Ali Osman denied that there were any “credible reports” about an LRA presence in the region and said “including this issue is going to be an impediment and a case for refusal that may affect our cooperation with UNAMID and its action in Darfur.”

In recent weeks there have been persistent rumours and press reports that LRA leader Joseph Kony is now in or near the Darfur region.
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