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Sudan’s FVP reiterates govt commitment to pay $2 billion for Darfur reconstruction


January 15, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese First Vice-President Ali Osman Taha renewed government calls on the opposition parties to participate in a dialogue over major national issues and reiterated the commitment of his government to pay two billion dollars for Darfur reconstruction.

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Ali Osman Mohamed Taha (Reuters)

Taha made these remarks in a speech he delivered in Nyala on Wednesday at the inauguration ceremony of Darfur Regional Authority Council (DRA Council), the legislative body of the region as provided in the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).

In accordance with the DDPD, signed in July 2011 with the former rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) of Tijani Al-Sissis, the government is committed to pay two billion dollars to the regional authority in several installments to prepare and enforce the return of displaced people and refugees, among others.

However, due to the severe economic crisis the country is experiencing and the allocation of the meager resources to war against the rebel groups in Darfur and South Kordofan, the government failed to meet its commitments.

In his speech, Taha disclosed that the Ministry of Finance and National Economy has issued a letter of guarantee to the Central Bank of Sudan to dedicate 800 million Sudanese pounds (about $130 million) for recovery, construction projects and preparation for the return of displaced persons and refugees in Darfur.

He further said that the Sudanese budget for 2013, despite the economic crisis, includes clear commitment to honor the national government obligations towards Darfur authority . He pointed out that the government also took the necessary steps to establish the Darfur Development Bank, adding its project will be tabled in parliament during its coming session.

Many donors including the U.S. and the European Union blamed Khartoum for not honoring its financial commitments towards the RDA and said they would not take part in a donor conference for Darfur before the payment of the money needed to start the repatriation of refugees and organize the return of displaced persons to their villages.

The move forced the host country, Qatar, to delay the donor conference which was scheduled for January 2013.

Speaking at the same event, Al-Sissi, who chairs the DRA, said that the non-payment of money delayed the implementation of the DDPD. He emphasized that they are now in the second year since the signing of the peace document but Khartoum did not yet disburse the installments of first year.

The opening of the DRA Council which is composed of 67 members was attended by several ministers and governors besides foreign ambassadors in Khartoum.

The regional legislative body will examine and vote the law projects and other legislative measures, but it is also supposed to monitor and control the DRA in the enforcement of peace in Darfur.

The DRA Council also should establish a committee for the preparation of a Constitution of the Darfur Region if a majority of Darfurians vote for the creation of one region in a referendum to be organized about this issue.

Ali Osman also called on the opposition parties to participate in a national dialogue about the major issues in the country like Darfur crisis and the new constitution after the impendence of South Sudan.

Taha’s call comes after several opposition forces like the Umma National Party and the Popular Congress Party (PCP) distanced themselves from the New Dawn Charter which was inked in Kampala on 5 January.

However, the opposition forces demand that a national unity government be formed besides a parliament including all the political forces before to engage a national dialogue over the constitution and the ongoing crisis in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur.

On Wednesday, Vice-President Al-Haj Adam Youssef praised the opposition for rejecting Kampala agreement.

Also, a committee to contact the opposition parties on the new constitution announced they would meet PCP leader Hassan Al-Turabi to stand on his vision of the constitution. The panel heded by Abdel-Rahman Swar Al-Dahab already met with Umma leader Sadiq Al-Mahdi.


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  • 17 January 2013 10:52, by Jalaby

    Absolutely,we will pay what ever we could to build Darfour,I saw yesterday the Turkish Hospital in Nyala which is amazing, if you search all the hospitals in west Africa countries you can’t find something amazing and well established like that hospital!
    The Ameer of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa pledged to pay $2bn to rebuild Darfour and establishing peace in Darfour

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    • 17 January 2013 10:56, by Jalaby

      Our Arab brothers are known to be very generous people throughout all human being history no doubt!
      I also saw the Chinese company managers who are working in building Al-Engaz western road in Darfour meeting with the minister and pledged to continue their work despite the thugs abducted some of their workers, shame on them nasty thugs!!

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      • 17 January 2013 11:04, by Jalaby

        Western Al-Engaz road is not just important to our Darfourians people but to all Sudanese people because that road means opening new page in our economy, political, and social lives, more over, literally means connecting west Africa to East Africa to Asia through the Red Sea!

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        • 17 January 2013 11:11, by Jalaby

          Another good news about Darfour that Sufian oil field in east Darfour state will soon be opened and will begin with 10,000 bbl/day and then the number will continue to mount, also Jabal Ameer gold mine in north Darfour state that known to be the most richest one in Africa will soon be productive!
          Let Jonobean die of jealousy, who cares?!!

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          • 17 January 2013 12:26, by Ahmed Chol

            Lie, not even a single dollar will go to Darfur!

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          • 17 January 2013 16:30, by panchol

            Your development in that region Ali Oman is too late and persuade nothing. Secondly, I am always tired about the false inauguration of oil fields in s.Kordufan, Darfur and South Blue Nile which so will not be yours.

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          • 17 January 2013 17:10, by panchol

            Your development in that region Ali Oman is too late and persuade nothing. Secondly, I am always tired about the false inauguration of oil fields in s.Kordufan, Darfur and South Blue Nile which so will not be yours.

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  • 17 January 2013 13:28, by Moral Agent

    to jalaby
    If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.Propaganda does not deceive peopleit merely helps them to deceive themselves.

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  • 17 January 2013 14:10, by Pif Paf

    This is very important Mr.VP. We are all looking for the day Darfur is in piece and is a contributor to our economy rather than taking up our resources for military means. Those rebels can try to destroy what we are tryin to build, but like Albashir said we need to respond with more projects. Hope to see west salvation road inaugurated soon.

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    • 18 January 2013 07:18, by zulu

      FAT PAT.

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