Home | News    Saturday 30 March 2019

JEM, SLM support efforts to clear Darfur from unexploded bombs

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

UNAMID Mine Action team conducting a risk awareness exercise on mines UXOs in Darfur (UNAMID file photo)
March 29, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) Minni Minnawi declared their support for efforts to clear Darfur region from the Unexploded ordnance (UXO).

The Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), which include explosive weapons such as bombs, shells, grenades, land mines, naval mines, cluster munitions that did not explode when they were employed, still pose a risk of detonation as civilians often children continue to be killed by these engines.

The leaders of the two armed groups respectively Gibril Ibrahim and Minni Minnawi made their declaration at the end of a four-day workshop on the explosive remnants of war organized by the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR) in coordination with the University of Graz in Stadtschlaining, Austria from 25th to 28th of March 2019.

"We, the Leaders of JEM and SLM/A declare our firm commitment to support all initiatives with the objective to free Darfur/Sudan from ERW including but not limited to 1) clearance of affected areas and 2) awareness-raising campaigns at community level on the risks UXOs pose," said a joint declaration signed by Ibrahim and Minnawi extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday.

The two leaders further called n the Sudanese government to share the same principles and adhere to the international legal norms that " support initiatives for the clearance of ERW through Comprehensive Peace Agreement, when possible, and during the post-conflict and recovery phases".

In December 2018, UNAMID declared Kulbus locality of West Darfur state as free of ERW but there are large amounts of unexploded ordnance in the region which is severely affected by the armed conflict since 2003.

Despite the relative calm in Darfur and the end of clashes between the government and armed groups, except in Jebel Marra, there is no peace agreement between the warring parties.

The government and the two movements had to resume negotiations last January but the process has been frozen after the eruption of the anti-government protests which continue t take place in the country.

JEM and SLM called on the international community to prioritize the "protection of IDPs and refugees and guarantee their safe and dignified voluntary return to their original lands as part and parcel of the efforts to achieve comprehensive and lasting peace in Darfur/Sudan".

(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


The Perils of Managing Transition: Will Sudanese Kandakas be the option? 2019-05-21 04:45:56 By Luka Kuol, PhD Global Fellow at Peace Research Institute Oslo, Associate Professor at University of Juba and Fellow at Rift Valley Institute Since the eruption of the Sudanese popular (...)

Justices delay is justices denied 2019-05-21 04:40:18 By Wesley Kosa The Khartoum Peace Agreement was the result of the political manipulation by the governments of South Sudan, Uganda and Sudan. There were no extensive discussions and mediation (...)

The fear of political reforms in South Sudan 2019-05-19 02:16:35 By Duop Chak Wuol In his Easter message, President Salva Kiir called on the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO), Dr Riek Machar, to go to Juba to form a (...)


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.