UN / DARFUR

14-Mar-2018 00:02:07
The Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said the situation in the region was “not the same” as it was in 2003 adding that there was a “general absence of war in Darfur.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DARFUR
TRT: 02:07
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

14 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremiah N. Mamabolo, Joint Special Representative, African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID):
“I therefore call upon your respective countries to use your bilateral channels, to exhort the parties to the Darfur conflict to sign cessation of hostilities agreements and resume negotiations, including to use leverage with Abdul Wahid, to prevail upon him to acknowledge the futility of war and to join the peace process. That would be the only way the people of Darfur, and indeed the international community, could have any realistic hope for the achievement of durable peace in Darfur.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremiah N. Mamabolo, Joint Special Representative, African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID):
“Mr. President, the situation in Darfur is not the same as it was in 2003. Except for the sporadic clashes between Sudan Armed Forces and the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid in the Jebel Marra area, there is general absence of war in Darfur.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeremiah N. Mamabolo, Joint Special Representative, African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID):
“In a nutshell Mr. President, they say there is relative peace and stability; they commend UNAMID for contributing to this state of affairs; and they acknowledge the positive impact of the civilian weapons collection exercise initiated by the Government. There have, nevertheless, been some complaints from members of the IDP communities relating to their perceived lack of fairness of the civilian weapons collection exercise.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nation:
“The people and Government of Sudan are now on the verge of a new phase of peace, stability, and serious efforts towards achieving the desired development, both in Darfur and all across the country; as well as promoting peaceful coexistence and starting building and reconstruction. There is no difference between official and public, or collective and personal, efforts.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
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The Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said the situation in the region was “not the same” as it was in 2003 adding that there was a “general absence of war in Darfur.”

Addressing the Security Council via teleconference from Darfur, Jeremiah Mamabolo warned that the stalemate in the Darfur peace process persisted despite efforts to persuade the parties to the conflict to sign cessation of hostilities agreements and begin direct negotiations. He said UNAMID continued to urge armed movements in region to accede to negotiations on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur. He called upon the Members of the Council to use their “bilateral channels, to exhort the parties to the Darfur conflict to sign cessation of hostilities agreements and resume negotiations, including to use leverage with Abdul Wahid, to prevail upon him to acknowledge the futility of war and to join the peace process.” He stressed that this would be “the only way the people of Darfur, and indeed the international community, could have any realistic hope for the achievement of durable peace in Darfur.”

Mamabolo reported that the mission had started phase two of its reconfiguration, including the redeployment of uniformed and civilian personnel to strengthen the Jebel Marra Task Force's operations. He said UNAMID continued to reduce the number of its personnel adding that it was too early to make a realistic assessment of the impact on the overall security and protection of civilians in the areas from which UNAMID withdrew under phase one.

The Special Representative said, during his recent visits to various parts of Darfur, people there told him that “there is relative peace and stability; they commend UNAMID for contributing to this state of affairs; and they acknowledge the positive impact of the civilian weapons collection exercise initiated by the Government.” He added that there have been “some complaints from members of the IDP communities relating to their perceived lack of fairness of the civilian weapons collection exercise.”

Mamabolo called on the Council to invest in post-conflict reconstruction and development in Darfur. He said UNAMID was duty bound to consolidate the gains its presence had achieved, including through the injection of resources by the international community in order to assist with socio-economic development, and the establishment and consolidation of state authority throughout Darfur.

Sudanese ambassador Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed said there was nothing left of the conflict in Darfur except for its after-effects including the issue of internally displaced people and development issues related to peacebuilding efforts.

Fadl said the people and Government of Sudan “are now on the verge of a new phase of peace, stability, and serious efforts towards achieving the desired development, both in Darfur and all across the country; as well as promoting peaceful coexistence and starting building and reconstruction.” He said the recent effort made by Sudanese activist Imtithal Ibrahim Mahmoud represented the peace with is inherent of the Sudanese people. Mahmoud had walked 1,300 kilometres from El Fashir in North Darfur to the Sudanese capital Khartoum to raise awareness for peace in the region.
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