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Sudan pays $200 million to Darfur authority, regional minister

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January 30, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government paid the first instalment of its financial commitment to the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), according to Tadjadine Bechir Niam, DRA Minister of Reconstruction, Development and Infrastructure.

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A file picture taken in Forgo in North Darfur on 30 May 20012 where some girls welcome a UNAMID delegation and report their need of water with handwriting banners. (Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran/ UNAMID)

The Sudanese government and the former rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) signed the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) on 14 July 2011, but the head of the former rebel group and regional authority Tijani Al-Sissi kept blaming the government for paralysing DRA activities due to the lack of money.

The Sudanese First Vice President Ali Osman Taha announced on 15 January that the Ministry of Finance and National Economy has issued a letter of guarantee to the Central Bank of Sudan to allocate SDG800m ($180m) for the DRA to implement the peace agreement.

"I can assure that we have the money at our disposal" said Niam in statements to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday. Adding "the federal government paid us all the $200 million that represents the first instalment for 2012".

The regional body had previously only received small portions of this instalment.

He said the DRA, which is tasked with the implementation of the DDPA, will use this money to finance and implement projects related to the return of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees, recovery and reconstruction projects.

He further said they will convene very soon a conference, the regional authority had to adjourn several times in the past, on the voluntary return of IDPs and refugees to be held in Nyala.

"This important event will be organised before the Donors conference", he stressed.

Despite its rejection by the three historical rebel groups in Darfur and the continuation of violence in the troubled western Sudan, the DDPD is seen by the regional and international community as offering a good opportunity to end the 10 year conflict.

But donors warned Khartoum they would not participate in the funding of development projects unless it honours its commitments and implement the deal particularly to fulfil its financial commitments and also to achieve justice in Darfur.

In his latest report on Darfur to the UN Security Council discussed recently, the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Darfur special prosecutor, appointed in accordance to the DDPD, commenced his work.

"On 12 December, (the prosecutor) informed UNAMID that it had opened investigations into 10 cases, among them crimes committed in 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012", the report said.

Niam said a commission tasked with the preparations of the donors conference finalised a number of projects to be presented at the international meeting which will take place in the Qatari capital Doha.

Regarding the date of the conference, the DRA chief who is currently touring Asian countries will visit also Doha to determine it with the Qatari officials. The minister, however, said it should take place in April.

He also said the DRA will continue to mobilise the international community and encourage it to participate in the donor meeting, pointing to a tour of the Gulf states and some Western countries including Britain, France and the US.

A first conference for international donors was held before the signing of the DDPD in March 2010, but it missed the $2bn funding target. The Cairo donor conference for Darfur raised only $850m.

Regarding the return of international nongovernmental groups to Darfur, the regional minister said an inter-ministerial committee formed last month will assess the humanitarian needs and will study how local authorities deal with foreign groups on the ground.

He stressed that the presidential decision of 23 December 2012 on the formation of a committee to authorise the nongovernmental groups to work in Darfur is effective since its issuance.

He further stressed that this committee will facilitate the work of aid groups and monitor their performances.

Sudan foreign minister Ali Karti criticised last December the eviction of aid groups from Darfur after the first indictment of president Omer Al-Bashir by the international Criminal Court on 14 July 2008.

Also the DRA the NGOs be allowed back into the country as many donors will implement their contributions to Darfur recovery and reconstruction plans though these organisations.

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  • 31 January 2013 08:59, by Jalaby

    Great job Sudan government and thanks to our Arab brothers in Qatar who pledged to pay $2bn to rebuild Darfour!
    The work on Western Engaz road in Darfour will soon start after the thugs who abducted the Sudanese workers set them free!
    Great Job!!

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    • 31 January 2013 09:19, by zulu

      IT IS TOO LATE FOR SUDAN TO BRIBE THE FUR. JUST LIKE SOUTH SUDAN,THESE PEOPLE ARE DETERMINED MORE THAN EVER TO BREAK AWAY FROM SUDAN AND JOIN SOUTH SUDAN. NUBA AND BLUENILE WILL FOLLOW. BOMBING KURMUK WILL NOT SOLVE THE PROBLME. IT EXASBERATES AND MITIGATES AGAINST ALL EFFORT TO FRUSTRATE THE REBELION. SO,THE CHARTER LEGIMITIZES UPRISING AGAINST THE NCP

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      • 31 January 2013 09:33, by Jalaby

        To Kenyan boy,
        I can see hatred to north people are overwhelming and driving you crazy, absolutely separating the south is not enough to you and your heart will never feel the rest unless you see Sudan rips apart one brick after another!! what so sick mentality is this?!!

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        • 31 January 2013 12:30, by jwok

          Criminals are always useless to their people even to their parents

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          • 31 January 2013 16:05, by Hardball

            If that figure of $ 200 million given to Darfur were true; there would be no way Sudan would allow itself to have that huge embarrassment at the United Nations by not paying just $ 1 million. Paying dues at the UN is a nation pride and therefore there is no way you can have $ 200 million and can’t afford to pay just $ 1 million to the UN.

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        • 31 January 2013 13:40, by okucu pa lotinokwan

          Jalaby you are a pretender,you are these southerners guys,who are bought by the Arabs to distroy his own people for the benefit of money.
          OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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          • 31 January 2013 18:03, by Mach

            Not a single NCP inner-circle person who came out and whispered into their associates ears and says “guys, this fake $ 200 million is going to be a big lie; let’s first find a real $ 1 million to pay to the UN and after that; we will be seen as if we have $ 200 million if we offered it to Darfur”! This is really embarrassing!

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        • 31 January 2013 16:57, by zulu

          TOO BAD YOU DONT LIKE MY COMMENT. BUT ISN’T TOO OMINOUS THAT A COUNTRY THAT OVERTLY TREATS SOME OF ITS CITIZENS UNEQUALLY WILL LIKELY BREAK UP SINCE IT IS TORN ANYWAY? YOU HAVE LIVED IN THE US BECAUSE YOUR PARENTS/YOU RAN AWAY FROM SUDAN USING SOUTH SUDAN’S IDENTITY OR CAUSE WHICH EASYLY GRANTED YOU ASSYLUM. CANT YOU TEACH YOUR LEADERS TO DO THE SAME FOR SUDANESE OF ALL COLOR?

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        • 31 January 2013 19:49, by Muorcienggok

          There is a reason to hate you guys,you are foreigners in the South who have been left in power by the British which you have misused since then to terrorist the natives who were left infants, had you exercise good governance where all of us should have been treated equally then there would be no problem; continue supporting your dictatorial government but mind you North will split again.

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    • 31 January 2013 09:25, by Turism

      Are you really generous and portriot to give this amount of money to darfurians pple while there is random killing in darfur, shame......on you guys. kill yourselves and we will kill you all very soon.

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    • 31 January 2013 12:26, by jwok

      JALABI
      Why don’t you look once again into the article instead of focus on the title?
      Just take a look again, I think you will change your mind and say bad job to your government.
      The (DDPD) was signed on 14 July 2011 since that time DRA was doing nothing due o financial problems ,now in 2013 Sudan government want to paid first installment
      And you’re saying great job
      Very funny

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    • 31 January 2013 12:53, by DANDHEL

      Where did this Jallabas get this monies from yet they can’t afford to pay the UN membership
      I guess that they jallabas send one of the minister to their arab countries and lick Qatar and Saudi ass to get this money...
      SUDAN-TRIBUNE: where do you get the year 20012 from?
      A file picture taken in Forgo in North Darfur on 30 May 20012 where some girls...

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    • 31 January 2013 13:24, by sudani ana

      Well done GOS
      And these idiots from the South kept going on about $1 million dollars owed to UN? what idiots. To idiot Zulu, what makes you think the Sudanese Muslim people of Darfur would want to separate to join your guinea worm infected shit hole?
      Ana Sudani ana

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  • 31 January 2013 09:13, by LL Reuben

    The intended trick is that the NIF is buying the significant voices of the Durfuris especially within LJM. Once the NIF hypnotized those voices with this hefty sum of money NIF will then be able to use them as stooges and dispatch them all over Durfur to preach to their own folks how truthful and considered the NIF have become. I hope they don’t stumble into this dirty trap.

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  • 31 January 2013 11:47, by akoonapg

    Darfur people would be very stupid to allow Bashir to trick them back into slavery, don’t forget that slavery is also mental.

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  • 31 January 2013 14:12, by Majongdit

    It’s just a lie as usual. No such money was delivered for anything in Darfur. It is normal to lie in Khartoum. We dont blame them since it is an Arab culture to lie. In Khartoum a mechanic would tell you, ’your car shall be ready tomorrow, inshallah’. I tell you it is going to be a month long wait or even more. Sudan could not afford 1m $ for UN, let alone 200m for Darfur.

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