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Security Council demands Darfur rebels negotiate peace under Doha Document

July 30, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has called on rebel groups in Sudan’s western region to end the violence and hold peace talks with the national government under the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).

PNG - 147.1 kbPresidential adviser Ghazi Salah Al-Deen (L-R) and LJM leader Al-Tijani El-Sissi hold the text of the DDPD after the signing in Doha on the 14 July (Photo: UNAMID)

The 15-member body on Tuesday renewed the mandate of the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) for a further 13 months, until 31 August 2014. It also demanded that the UN chief prepare a review of UNAMID’s mandate by before 28 February 2014 in light of major changes and developments in the situation in Darfur since its establishment in January 2008.

The UNSC has seemingly preferred to back the decision of the AU earlier this month which called on the international community to support the DDPD and to disregard calls by rebel groups for a comprehensive process leading to regime change.

In a communique issued on 19 July, the UNSC said that a holistic approach to bringing democratic transition in Sudan can be achieved once the ongoing conflicts in Darfur and the Two Areas are settled in an inclusive manner with the support of an AU panel chaired by former South African president Thabo Mbeki.

A resolution unanimously adopted on Tuesday called on all parties to the Darfur conflict “including in particular all the non-signatory armed groups, engage immediately and without preconditions to make every effort to reach a permanent ceasefire and a comprehensive peace settlement on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur”.

The resolution, which was drafted by Rwanda, Togo and the United Kingdom, urged for the cessation of all acts of violence in Darfur and welcomed the efforts of UNAMID chief and joint mediator Mohamed Ibn Chambas, who made contact with the rebel groups last May in order to revitalise the peace process.

Chambas is also expected to meet rebel leaders next August to pursue consultations on ways to achieve peace in Darfur.

The Sudanese government and Tijani El Sissi’s Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) signed the DDPD on 14 July 2011 after two years of failed talks with rebel groups in the region, including the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) which rejected the peace framework. However, a JEM splinter faction later joined the process and signed an agreement with Khartoum in April of this year.

JEM has rejected the AUSC’s recent decision to support the DDPD and called on the body to reconsider its position, adding that its current stance raises doubts about its neutrality and seriousness in the search for a real solution to the conflict in Sudan.

JEM, the two main factions of the LJM and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) – which is fighting the Sudanese government in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states – have called for a comprehensive process that involves opposition parties aiming to institute a new regional administration with larger autonomy and the re-establishment of a democratic and secular system throughout Sudan.

The rebels say that though they have the support of different international actors – particularly the United States and Canada – there has been no official position or proposed plans for change forthcoming from these countries concerning the matter.

Addressing the UNSC meeting, the Sudanese ambassador to the UN, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, welcomed the resolution to renew UNAMID’s mandate and hailed its support for the DDPD.

Alluding to the alleged support that rebel groups receive from South Sudan and other countries in East Africa, Osman pointed out that direct and indirect support for non-signatory armed movements must end.

Osman further demanded that his government be involved in the review process of UNAMID’s mandate.

He praised the condemnation of the “killing of Mohamed Bashar and other members of his movement by JEM-Gibril forces” and pledged that his government would cooperate with the UNSC to investigate those responsible for the death of seven Tanzanian peacekeepers in South Darfur.

(ST)

Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47488

LJM to become political party

The Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) forces have affirmed their commitment to implement the security arrangements set out in the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD). The Movement has also decided to transform itself into a political party.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga from El Fasher on Tuesday, Ahmed Fadul, LJM spokesman and Deputy of the Council of Ministers of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) said that the movement has held a top-level meeting on Tuesday to address the security arrangements of the DDDP as well as the future of the movement.

Fadul says that the movement affirmed its adherence to the DDDP, and has formed a committee of the movement’s leaders to complete the technical and administrative measures for the implementation of the security arrangements. He explained that the committee’s work should be accomplished within two weeks. The phase involving the assembly the movement’s forces will then begin.

Fadul said that at the meeting, the leadership affirmed the intention of the movement to transform into a political party. He announced that “over the next few days there will be wide motions all over Sudan to orient the grass-root circles for the purpose of transforming the movement into a political organisation”

The LJM is signatory to the DDPD, which was signed in Qatar in 2011. According to the security arrangements in the Document, former rebel fighters are entitled to be absorbed into the national armed forces or to be assigned to political posts. However, there has subsequently been dissent in LJM ranks surrounding the pace of implementation of the Document’s provisions. In April the delays prompted LJM leader Dr Tijani Sese, who is also Chairman of the DRA, to threaten to suspend the LJM’s participation in the government.

The DRA was created within the framework of the peace treaty and it is tasked with implementing the agreement. The body comprises former rebel fighters as some of its members.

File photo: Liberation and Justice Movement leader Dr Tijani Sese (Unamid – adapted)

Related:

Faction of LJM splits as former Darfur rebel soldiers ‘feel marginalised’ (7 June 2013)

LJM field commanders at odds with movement’s leader – Sudan (5 June 2013)

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/51437

LJM to become political party

The Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) forces have affirmed their commitment to implement the security arrangements set out in the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD). The Movement has also decided to transform itself into a political party.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga from El Fasher on Tuesday, Ahmed Fadul, LJM spokesman and Deputy of the Council of Ministers of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) said that the movement has held a top-level meeting on Tuesday to address the security arrangements of the DDDP as well as the future of the movement.

Fadul says that the movement affirmed its adherence to the DDDP, and has formed a committee of the movement’s leaders to complete the technical and administrative measures for the implementation of the security arrangements. He explained that the committee’s work should be accomplished within two weeks. The phase involving the assembly the movement’s forces will then begin.

Fadul said that at the meeting, the leadership affirmed the intention of the movement to transform into a political party. He announced that “over the next few days there will be wide motions all over Sudan to orient the grass-root circles for the purpose of transforming the movement into a political organisation”

The LJM is signatory to the DDPD, which was signed in Qatar in 2011. According to the security arrangements in the Document, former rebel fighters are entitled to be absorbed into the national armed forces or to be assigned to political posts. However, there has subsequently been dissent in LJM ranks surrounding the pace of implementation of the Document’s provisions. In April the delays prompted LJM leader Dr Tijani Sese, who is also Chairman of the DRA, to threaten to suspend the LJM’s participation in the government.

The DRA was created within the framework of the peace treaty and it is tasked with implementing the agreement. The body comprises former rebel fighters as some of its members.

File photo: Liberation and Justice Movement leader Dr Tijani Sese (Unamid – adapted)

Related:

Faction of LJM splits as former Darfur rebel soldiers ‘feel marginalised’ (7 June 2013)

LJM field commanders at odds with movement’s leader – Sudan (5 June 2013)

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/51437

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