By: Ahmed Alhaj (Site Admin)
Khartoum, (Sudanow)-Envoys from twenty one countries and organizations on Friday met in Nyala, capital of South Darfur state, to discuss progress of the peace keeping in the region.
This is their third meeting in about a year. The first was held in Rwanda, the second in Al Fashir, Sudan.
In a statement it issued in Nyala, capital of south Darfur, the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said its Joint Special Representative Professor Ibrahim Gambari, chaired “the Mission’s third retreat with Special Envoys to Sudan”, in Nyala, South Darfur.
The first such retreat was held in Rwanda January 2010, the second was held in Al Fashir, capital of north Darfur state of Sudan, six months later, and 2010.
“The retreat provided a forum for focused discussions on the latest developments in the region and on ways to increase and improve international support for peace efforts and the Darfur political process” the UNAMID statement said.
It said this encounter brought together over 20 Special Envoys from UN Member States, including countries sitting on the Security Council, and representatives from the European Union and the African Union. Also present was the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), chief of the United Nations Mission in the Sudan, Mr. Haile Menkerios.
“Your presence here is indeed testimony to your countries’ and institutions’ long standing commitment to the people of Darfur in their time of need. Recent positive developments in Darfur and in the Doha negotiations lead me to conclude that we are closer now to the goal of our quest for durable peace and stability.” Mr. Gambari said was quoted as saying in his opening remark welcoming the support of the delegates.
The governor of South Darfur stated Abdul Hameed Musa Kasha has “pledged his commitment to cooperating with UNAMID and international humanitarian groups in protecting civilians and delivering aid to those affected by the conflict.” The statement said
Meanwhile the Sudan News Agency (SUNA) quoted the governor as calling on the international community to live up to promises and pledges they made on funding developmental projects. He was also critical of the conducts of some organizations which, he has stressed involved themselves in activities incompatible with their status. The governor last week ordered a nongovernmental French organizations, Doctors of the world MDM, saying it was helping rebels illegally.
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