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Lack of money may collapse peace in Darfur - Sissi

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April 24, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — The Chairman of Darfur’s Regional Authority, (RTA) Tijani el-Sissi on Tuesday warned that lack of money might lead to the collapse of the deal his group signed with Khartoum last year.

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Chairman of Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) and head of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), Tijani Sissi (AP)

In a briefing to the Sudanese parliament over the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) he signed with the government in July 2011, Sissi said that Khartoum has not yet paid the 200 million dollars needed as a capital to establish Darfur Development Bank (DDB).

The bank is a Qatari initiative to assist development and reconstruction efforts in Darfur after the signing of the DDPD. It is supposed to receive all the financial donations and grants dedicated to Darfur development.

The DDB was also supposed to lead a Joint Assessment Mission’s activities to indentify recovery and development projects to be implemented in the largely arid and devastated region.

The leader of the former rebel group, Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), directed a heavy criticism pointing an accusing finger at the Finance Ministry for failing to pay the $200 million.

"The government has not paid any penny for the bank. We should be more serious if we want peace in the region,” he said “money is a very important start for the bank. And even God put the word money in the Holy Quran."

He said that the lack of funding led to postponement of two conferences on reconciliation among Darfurians and the voluntary return of the internally displaced people and the refugees.

The Sudanese government is facing an economic crisis since the independence of South Sudan last July, taking over 70% of the country’s oil reserves.

The DRA chief stressed that the countries that pledged to support the peace agreement should pay what they promised to during the negotiations in the Qatari capital Doha.

The international community pledged over $800 million and Qatar said it will pay spend $2 billion on Darfur development projects.

In 2006 the Sudanese government and the Sudan Liberation Movement of Mini Minawi signed a peace deal in the Nigerian capital Abuja, but latter withdrew in 2010.

The now ex-rebel leader Sissi said he will travel on 1 April to Qatar to discuss with officials there how to move the peace agreement forward.

Supported by the international community, the DDPD is seen by many opposition forces as having the potential to bring peace in the region and end the nine-year conflict in Darfur where over 300,000 have people died according to UN estimations.

However, major rebel groups rejected the deal or did not take part in the Doha process. Since November 2011 Darfur’s three main rebel groups established an alliance with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North aiming to topple the government.

The Sudanese legislators, supported Sissi’s call and urged the government to honour its financial commitments in order to facilitate the return of refugees and IDPs and to launch development projects there.

Ismail Hussein, an MP from the Popular Congress Party and head of the opposition caucus in the assembly, told the house he feels pity over the fate of the Doha Document for Peace, calling on Sudanese officials to be more credible.

“If we do not become more honest with such serious issues, this DDPD will face the same fate of the Mini Minawi peace deal, because of lack of trust between the two sides," Ismail said.

The Darfur Peace Agreement or Abuja deal was signed on 5 May 2006 between the government and a faction of Sudan Liberation Movement led by Minni Minnawi. However, the deal collapsed in 2010 as the parties failed to implement the security arrangements.

Sudan’s justice minister, Mohamed Bushara Dousa told the lawmakers that his ministry had finalised the draft of DDB bill, and filed it to the Council of Ministers which will submit it to Sudan’s parliament.

"The Darfur issue had exhausted the country and brought us a lot of problems," said the minister who belongs to the troubled region, emphasising that the different institutions involved should work together to fully implement the Doha deal.

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  • 25 April 2012 07:46, by Dinkawarrior

    SPLM-D-C has connection with SSLA and its creator Khartoum! According to the man who doesn’t need to be mentioned” SSLA is working secretly under the SPLM-D-C leadership to destabilized South Sudan with it counterpart Khartoum whom created the party to confused the people of South. That was the reason why Bashir said he will liberate the people of South from the hands of main SPLM Party”

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    • 25 April 2012 07:47, by Dinkawarrior

      The same man who doesn’t need to be mentioned said” Bashir hired Al- Jazeera employees and independent personnel medias behind closed doors within the government of South Sudan and in the military areas to provide full information on how they plant to topple it government”

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      • 25 April 2012 08:08, by zulu

        Sisi, dont be a stooge. the peace you are talking about is called, piece since it is negotiated with a select few nominal rebels, it is just as if letting idris deby of Chad marry a sudanese woman which is stupid of course. resign and seek asylum in south sudan where you can enjoy the confort of money and happiness among your brothers and friends.

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      • 25 April 2012 08:11, by Michael Angelo

        Dinkawarrior,

        Please don’t connect difference topic with another. This topic has nothing to do with Lam but I want you to know that I do not dispute your claim. You might be right since the guy is well-known for his lust for power.

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    • 25 April 2012 10:41, by Makuei

      Bashiit is a pig which will never succeed,

      See here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=boFrV5zynWA

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  • 25 April 2012 08:06, by Madina Tonj

    These brothers from Darfur have been brainwatch by the Middle East. Khartoum regime can not listen to you unless you fight very hard but signing many peaces/CPA with guilty party would only mean Allah bring them back base on my knowledge. Khartoum government are running out of money and I am sure some of them will started mmigration again to Saudi Arabic because Sudan oil is going to land owners

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  • 25 April 2012 08:10, by Deng

    The money was not paid long time ago when the window of opportunity was wide when Sudan was united. CORRUPTION in Khartoum is going to deny Darfur of the Funds, The only solution is to scrape that deal and join SRF to topple Khartoum Regime as already done by JEM.

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  • 25 April 2012 08:10, by Longa

    But is there peace in Darfur for your information Mr el tijani? You signed sth which does not work. Arabs are just not interst in Darfur. Now if it collapses, what can you do? Please, join SRF for the total liberation of Darfur and its wonderful people.Surely it will collapse like Addis Ababa Agreement.They will blame you and put you to jail.

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  • 25 April 2012 09:17, by Smith

    Hahah, That Idiot called Tijani Sisi has only realized today that his masters lack cash for his peace? what a shame...Sudanese should learnt from South Sudan takes on with Khartoum...or read uncle Abel’s book "Too Many Agreements Dishonored" to know the tricks of North conspiracies when it comes to spoiling agreements..now DRA is gone Mr. Sisi if you don;t know that...lunatics

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  • 25 April 2012 09:19, by Smith

    Mr. Sisi, you will only get money from NCP if you have given them millions of acres for them to sell to Saudis or settle Palestinian there on paycheck from Saudi Arabia or you are fuck man...I can read your faces looks like how Mini Arko Manawi looks when he was in your current seat...they promised and frustrate you to hell man...you seemed to desire the bush again with the idiots in NCP.

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  • 25 April 2012 10:20, by Ayom Dor

    THIS PEACE INTIATIVE IS WASTING MONEY AND WILL WASTE MORE IF NOT STOP BECAUSE NEITHER THE GOV’T OR DARFUR REBELS STRIKING AGREEMENT BASING ON THEIR COMPROMISES..I SUPPOSE THAT, IT’S TOTALLY SCRAPPED OFF!! MAYBE, THE LANGAUGE OF WAR SUGGESTED BY BASHIR TO SPLA WILL BRING THE SOLUTION HERE.

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