Home | News    Monday 25 June 2012

Darfur peacekeepers to be reduced within 18 months

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

June 24, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — In a meeting held Sunday in El-Fasher capital of North Darfur, a tripartite mechanism agreed on a plan to reduce the number of uniformed personal of the largest peacekeeping mission in the world within 18 month.

There are now 17,364 troops, and 591 military observers and, 5,511 police deployed in Darfur besides civilians from different nationalities and local stuff.

Sudan accepted with difficulty the deployment of a UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur in 2008 and resisted its implementation. The tripartite mechanism was designed by the parties to discuss compromises over all the issue of concerns from all the sides.

Recently, Khartoum demand to reduce the uniformed personal of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) topped the agenda of the mechanism. Sudan said civilians are no more exposed to violence from militias. It also said the mission become a source of logistics and weapons for the rebels who used to ambush its patrols.

Speaking after the one-day meeting of the tripartite mechanism in El fasher, Hervé Ladsous, UN Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Peacekeeping Operations, said the reduction of peacekeepers will be formalized by the UN Security Council in July.

He further added that it would be implemented "during the next 18 months to reflect the reality on the ground and to streamline the overlapping functions between military, police and mission support components."

Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, said the outcome of the meeting will be made public after its approval by the concerned instances in Addis Ababa, Khartoum and New York.

The Undersecretary of Sudanese foreign ministry, Rahmat-Allah Mohamed Osman stressed that the conclusions of the meeting are compatible with the latest developments in Darfur.

The Sudanese diplomat was alluding to the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) that Khartoum and the former rebel Liberation and Equality Movement signed in July 2011 after over two year of talks involving the rebel Justice and Equality Movement which declined to sign it.

The United States, at the level of the Security Council, was not very enthusiastic to this reduction because of fears of pressures on the White House as the President begun his campaign for a second term.

However, Washington failure to deliver the rebel groups to the negotiating table or to convince Juba to stop its support to the non-signatories weakened its position particularly after public statements by President Obama and other officials in this regard.

UNAMID, in statement posted on its website, said the meeting also discussed the restrictions of peacekeepers movement including the use of tactical helicopters which were supposed to allow rapid intervention of peacekeepers when civilians, its personal or aid workers are attacked.

Ladsous said Khartoum deterred the UN largest operation from " accessing to areas where there is an urgent need to verify reports on fighting […] and to provide assistance and protection to the civilian population."

But, according to the statement, Sudanese officials denied restriction on UNAMID’s movement, stressing Sudan "only provides security advisory and leaves it to the Mission to decide whether to proceed."

UNAMID chief Ibrahim Gambari retorted the army, police and the national security on the ground should be directed to enforce this policy, the mission said.

The meeting also discussed UNAMID role in the implementation of the DDPD and facilitation of the voluntary return of displaced civilians, technical support to Darfur Regional Authority and security for aid agencies.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 25 June 2012 22:58, by BM Bol

    The peacekeepers will be reduced after Bashir and his ruling gangs are gone. The issue will continue to escalate as long as Bashir is still there.

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Problems facing South Sudan must be told 2019-08-25 22:50:20 By Dak Buoth The issues pertaining to our country have always been emotive for they are things to do with war. Over the last seven or so years, South Sudan has dominated the international (...)

Sudan’s Constitutional Declaration was reduced to absurdity 2019-08-13 20:31:25 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman After paying tributes to the martyrs and hoping healing for wounded and offer sincere greetings to the rebellious Sudanese people who are inevitably victorious, having (...)

Options and opportunities for SPLM-N al-Hilu to join Sudan’s transition 2019-08-13 20:06:06 By Ibrahim B. Musa Despite the initial signing of the political on July, 17th, 2019 and constitutional declaration on August 4th, 2019, as well as the previous exhausting efforts made in (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)

Joseph Malwal Dong joined the SPLM/A -IO 2019-04-02 08:35:02 SPLM/A (IO) Press Release 1/4/2019 On Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong Joined the SPLM/A (IO) The leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) would like to seize this precious opportunity to announce to members and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.