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Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council that throughout 2013, 16 peacekeepers were killed as a result of hostile acts in Darfur, “a 50 percent increase compared to the previous year and brings to 57 the number of personnel killed since the Mission was deployed in 2008.” UNTV

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DATELINE: 23 JANUARY 2013, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

23 JANUARY 2013, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Sudanese Ambassador Hassan Hamid Hassan
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“The implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur has progressed very slowly. I can report, of course, that the signatories achieved some limited progress primarily in the area of planning and administration, but these successes, if we can call them that, did not result in direct and significant benefits to the general population in Darfur.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“It is with deep sorrow that I report that 16 peacekeepers were killed as a result of hostile acts in Darfur throughout 2013. This is a 50 percent increase compared to the previous year and brings to 57 the number of personnel killed since the Mission was deployed in 2008.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“Darfur armed movements have reportedly taken part in the fighting in South Sudan. Nomadic communities are unable to pass into South Sudan on their seasonal migration. One has to commend the approach of President Bashir in this regard but I would like to point out that the crisis has the potential to draw in many of the Sudanese rebel movements, and unravel the efforts not only to resolve not only the crisis in Darfur, but also the conflict in the two states, South Kordofan / Blue Nile area, and more broadly efforts to normalize Sudan / South Sudan relations.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan Hamid Hassan, Chargé D'affaires of the Permanent Mission of Sudan to the United Nations:
“These factions of Darfur are parties to the conflict in South Sudan. Dealing with these groups in a flexible way, cutting them slack, in fact gives them the impression that they have been given green light to participate in clashes and conflict, including in Kordofan and in the north and east of Kordofan, at the very heart of Sudan.”
Med shot, Ladsous
11. Pan right, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The security situation in Darfur deteriorated over the course of 2013 and remains volatile, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today (23 Jan) while calling on all sides to join negotiations aimed at achieving a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace for the people of the strife-torn region of Sudan.

Recent months have also been marked by a significant worsening of the humanitarian situation, continued attacks on UN and relief personnel and limited progress in the implementation by the signatories of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous said in his briefing.

Ladsous said the implementation of the DDPD “has progressed very slowly" with only limited advances in the implementation of the document, that “did not result in direct and significant benefits to the general population in Darfur.”

The DDPD, finalized at the All Darfur Stakeholders Conference in May 2011, in Doha, Qatar, was the culmination of two and half years of negotiations, dialogue and consultations with the major parties to the Darfur conflict, all relevant stakeholders and international partners. It was aimed at addressing the root causes of the conflict and its consequences, including Power Sharing, Wealth Sharing, Human Rights, Justice and Reconciliation, Compensation and Return, and Internal Dialogue among others.

Ladsous told the Council that throughout 2013, 16 peacekeepers were killed as a result of hostile acts in Darfur, “a 50 percent increase compared to the previous year and brings to 57 the number of personnel killed since the Mission was deployed in 2008.”

The peacekeeping official also warned about the effect of the crisis in South Sudan on Darfur.

He said “Darfur armed movements have reportedly taken part in the fighting in South Sudan” while “nomadic communities are unable to pass into South Sudan on their seasonal migration.”

Ladsous pointed out that “the crisis has the potential to draw in many of the Sudanese rebel movements, and unravel the efforts not only to resolve not only the crisis in Darfur, but also the conflict in the two states, South Kordofan / Blue Nile area, and more broadly efforts to normalize Sudan / South Sudan relations.”

Also addressing the Council, Ambassador Hassan Hamid Hassan of Sudan said that “factions of Darfur are parties to the conflict in South Sudan” and added that “dealing with these groups in a flexible way, cutting them slack, in fact gives them the impression that they have been given green light to participate in clashes and conflict, including in Kordofan and in the north and east of Kordofan, at the very heart of Sudan.”

A civil war which broke out in Darfur in 2003 led to the deaths of tens if not hundreds of thousands of Darfuris and the displacement of nearly two million. In the fighting between the Government of Sudan and militias and other armed rebel groups, widespread atrocities such as the murder and rape of civilians have been committed.
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