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Gambari asks UNSC to task Darfur peacekeepers with supporting development


July 24, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The head of the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Ibrahim Gambari, highlighted before the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday the progress implemented as part of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), underscoring the need for his mission to undertake activities that support development in Sudan’s western region.

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UNAMID’s cheif Ibrahim Gambari (Reuters)

“It is time for the task of peacekeeping to be complemented by initiatives that advanced peace building and early recovery and development in Darfur,” Gambari, who also acts as a joint chief mediator for Darfur, told representatives of the UNSC 15 members.

His report comes amid preparations by the UNSC to renew the UNAMID mandate, which is due to expire on 31 July.

Gambari commended the DDPD signatories, the Sudanese government and the former rebel group Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), for establishing the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), saying it provided a “new and direct partner with which to advance our common goal of peace in Darfur”.

However, he pointed out that other provisions of the DDPD had fallen behind schedule, attributing this fact to the financial stresses that the Khartoum government is facing.

Gamabri also noted that the progress was fragile, warning it could be easily reversible “should we lose focus”.

He also said that several smaller armed groups listed in his report, mainly a breakaway faction of the JEM, had expressed interest in signing the DDPD. He added that “it was agreed” with Sudanese officials that the environment was suitable for a relaunch of the mediation process to include armed factions on the basis of the DDPD.

Describing developments in the region since the last report on 17 April 2012, Gambari said that incidents of aerial bombardment by Sudanese forces and clashes with unidentified armed groups had occurred, noting that UNAMID verified that 750 people had been displaced by the fighting.

The Darfur conflict has largely receded from its pinnacle of 2003-2004 but incidents of insecurity and fighting continue to occur.

UNAMID is mandated under the UN chapter seven to protect civilians in Darfur and support the implementation of the DDPD.


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  • 25 July 2012 13:50, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    The present of Gambari as head of UNAMID as no different with the Sudan govt activity on Darfur citizen,better to replace him with some one who will solve the case of Darfur people.


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    • 25 July 2012 20:17, by Lula

      Gambari is doing nothing helpful to west Sudan to assure UN mandate, to make situation prove is either change him or UNAMID has to leave darfur and deploy UNMID/UNMIS is fair to way stabling the suffer in darfur.

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  • 26 July 2012 05:57, by Gäär

    He is a stooge to his black arab masters in Khartoum waste of money by the UN to even pay this flop. they should have nominated a radical African from the East. its a shame that the world dont see the cat and mouse fight of radical islamists in Khartoum

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