Home | News    Friday 24 January 2014

Security situation in Darfur deteriorated in 2013: UNAMID

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

January 23, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The African Union and United Nations Joint Special Representative and Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, announced that negotiations are underway with the Sudanese government to deploy international and African observers to monitor the Darfur crimes special tribunal.

JPEG - 19.4 kb
Peacekeepers from the hybrid African Union-United Nations operation in Darfur (UNAMID) patrol the damaged and empty Labado village in South Darfur on 10 December 2013 (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Ibn Chambas said at a press conference in Khartoum on Thursday they are currently negotiating with Sudan’s Ministry of Justice and the special prosecutor of Darfur crimes to deploy observers for monitoring the work of the courts according to the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).

“We currently seek to arrive at a memorandum of understanding to implement the DDPD with regard to the crimes committed in Darfur”, he added

He noted that the role of the observers is to monitor the performance of the Sudanese special courts of Darfur crimes and verify their compliance with international standards.

He said they are determined to communicate with all non-signatory armed groups to convince them to sit at the negotiating table, pointing to ongoing contacts with the leader of Sudan Liberation Movement/AW (SLM-AW) leader Abdel-Wahid Mohamed al-Nur.

The UN official observed that criminal and banditry acts in Darfur have recently increased; acknowledging the African Union/United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is facing inherent difficulties in carrying out its mandate and predicted that those difficulties would further exacerbate.

He said that 2013 was the worst year in UNAMID’s history, noting that 16 peacekeepers were killed in attacks he described as war crimes and clear violation of the international humanitarian law.

He asserted that UNAMID will not hesitate in carrying out its mandate to protect itself when attacked, saying they will cooperate with the government to supply them with evidences in order to bring perpetrators who attack peacekeepers to justice.

Ibn Chambas also said tribal conflicts have jumped in 2013 besides continuation of armed clashes between government troops and rebel groups amid looting incidents carried out by armed groups and bandits.

This was coupled with a deterioration in the security situation in Darfur leading to increasing numbers of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and pointed to displacement of 3400 people recently

The UN official also said they would continue to monitor any imminent threat coming from CAR saying UNAMID was prepared for any spillover from the conflict in Central African Republic (CAR) into Darfur.

He further mentioned that reducing UNAMID size wouldn’t impact its performance and emphasized that UNAMID did not take sides in the conflict.

He said that difficult conditions and setbacks have not prevented UNAMID from carrying out its mandate and pointed that a development strategy supported by the Sudanese and Qatari governments including 1071 projects was launched; noting that 300 projects are currently being implemented.

Ibn Chambas also pointed that in 2013 he asked several regional partners to participate in the peace process and conducted meetings with the non signatory groups in Arocha, Tanzania and Addis Ababa, stressing that Sudan’s government was aware of those meetings.

He praised the armed Justice and Equality Movement/Bashar (JEM-Bashar) for joining the DDPD and its commitment for supporting peace despite assassination of its entire leadership, saying that Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) was established and functioning well.

He pointed that 2013 witnessed convening of the international donors meeting in Doha in which sizable pledges for development in Darfur were made under the umbrella of Darfur development strategy.

The joint special representative sent a message for all conflicting parties in Darfur saying that it has been proven after ten years of conflict that violence is not the solution, adding that solution lies in dialogue and negotiations.

He saw that actual needs of the people of Darfur would only be met setting development agenda that improves social and economic conditions and encourages return of refugees and IDPs who have been living for a decade on camps in Darfur and the neighboring countries.

Darfur has been a flashpoint for lawlessness and violence since rebel movements took up arms against the Khartoum government in 2003.

The United Nations estimates as many as 300,000 people have been killed and almost 3 million people have been displaced during the ongoing conflict in the region, however, the Sudanese government put the number of dead at only 10,000.

(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.

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


Undermining South Sudanese expertise’s is ironical! 2014-09-19 10:15:59 By Peter Gai Manyuon September 18, 2014 - The recent order from the Ministry of Labor and Public Service in the Republic of South Sudan that was issued on 16th of September 2014 is absolute (...)

Sudan - Colliding interests 2014-09-16 10:04:11 By Mohamed Elshabik September 15, 2014 - Sudan seems to be unconcerned by the current political crisis in the region. Amid a prognosis of full-scale war in South Sudan, unrest in Egypt, chaos in (...)

A pastoral appeal to South Sudanese to reconcile 2014-09-16 09:19:03 By Rev. Bernard Oliya Suwa, PhD September 15, 2014 - The 15th of December 2013 is a date that we South Sudanese are not going to forget any time soon – and so we shouldn't! After the violence (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Sudan Democracy First Group: Art as resistance – art as resilience 2014-09-09 12:34:15 Sudan Democracy First Group Art as Resistance – Art as Resilience September 8, 2014 - To mark the third anniversary of the resumption of civil war in Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains/South Kordofan, (...)

Sudan: Those behind unlawful killings and torture of protesters must be brought to justice 2014-09-03 13:13:43 Amnesty International Sudan: Those behind unlawful killings and torture of protesters must be brought to justice The brutal suppression of protest in Sudan must end, and members of the security (...)

National Dialogue in Sudan: Past experiences and current challenges 2014-08-27 06:18:22 Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) Since independence, Sudan has undergone a number of national peace agreements, some of which were observed and honored for short periods, others which were (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.