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Darfur: Towards a New Strategy for Achieving Comprehensive Peace, Security and Development

By: Ahmed Alhaj (Site Admin)

 Khartoum, (Sudanow) - The Presidential Advisor, responsible for the Darfur Dossier, Dr. Ghazi Salahuddin, has described the new strategy for achieving comprehensive peace, security and development in Darfur region as an attempt to gather the visions of all official and popular forces that could contribute to resolve issue of Darfur despite the setbacks.

Dr. Salahuddin said the objectives and priorities of the new strategy is aimed for achieving a comprehensive political settlement, boosting security in Darfur, speeding up the sustainable voluntary repatriation, taking the necessary measures by the government to implement development projects, re-organization of the consultations between the social sectors in Darfur, application of justice, restructuring of the humanitarian operations, realization of reconciliation in the region and the attraction of regional and international support.

He said that the new strategy was presented to the MPs of Darfur at the National Assembly and the governments of Darfur states as well as the First Vice-President and the President of the Government of South Sudan (Goss), Salva Kiir Mayardit.

The strategy has stressed that it was vital to re-orient humanitarian activity in Darfur towards the resettlement of the people affected by the conflict, providing security for them in their original homes and sufficient help to enable self-reliance.

It underlined that regional participation remains crucial in achieving peace in Darfur, as the conflict could neither have been initiated nor sustained without significant regional input.

It said the Government continues to be concerned over the tendency of some countries in the region to interfere with the peace process, despite their perhaps good intentions.

It has pinpointed the improvement of bilateral relations with Chad, which has had a positive impact on reducing the levels of violent conflict in Darfur

It said the international community has also sent conflicting messages, with support for peace on one hand and the extreme rhetoric of demonization on the other (for example, through the immoderate, unjustified antics of the ICC and some extremist advocacy groups

It criticized the misinformation about the situation in Darfur which has been allowed to go unchallenged, negatively affecting both perceptions and policy.

It reads that theDoha forum continues to be the only agreed venue for negotiations between the Government and Darfur rebel groups. It has faced numerous obstacles over the past year: rivalry between regional actors, limitations on the mediation process and the ongoing fragmentation of rebel groups continue to hinder the peace process.

It went to say that the elected representatives genuinely reflect the diversity of Darfur’s population and should be engaged in the peace process in a significant way.

It commended the role of the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur, saying UNAMID’s establishment and deployment as a unique joint AU-UN mission has had a positive role in promoting security and it continues to make constructive contributions. We believe that UNAMID has still more to offer and should evolve to its greatest potential towards promoting peace, reconciliation and development.

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