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Doha peace implementation progress in Darfur

UNAMID, partners review Doha peace implementation progress in Darfur - A continued commitment to the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), particularly the Final Security Arrangement, was the focus of the Third Meeting of the DDPD Joint Commission Tuesday in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.

The Commission, one of two ceasefire monitoring and operational mechanisms provided for in the DDPD, is chaired by Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Joint Special Representative (JSR) of the African Union-United Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

Members of the body include the three parties to the Doha Document - the Government of Sudan, the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) and the Justice and Equality Movement – Sudan (JEM-Sudan).

It is also comprised of representatives of the State of Qatar, the League of Arab States and the European Union, as well as observers from Canada, China and Norway.

In a press release, received by PANA, UNAMID said Chambas welcomed positive developments which had taken place over the previous year, including the joining of JEM-Sudan by the DDPD and the signing of an agreement between the Government of Sudan and LJM on the implementation of the final security arrangements.

“UNAMID stands prepared to assist the parties in the line with the provisions of the DDPD. We are also ready to play an advocacy role to mobilize support for the processes that will follow,” Chambas was quoted as stressing, adding that the Mission’s task was to support the signatories.

The meeting reviewed a report on the status of the implementation of the Permanent Ceasefire and Final Security Arrangements from UNAMID’s Force Commander, Lt.-Gen. Paul Ignace Mella, who chairs the Ceasefire Commission (CFC).

The release pointed out that the report included a formal communication from the Government of Sudan and LJM to the Chairperson of the Joint Commission, confirming their decision to skip phases of the Final Security Arrangements; the number of LJM combatants for integration into the country’s police and armed forces; the number of LJM combatants to undergo disarmament, demobilization and reintegration; funding availability for reintegration of ex-combatants; and, implementation of modalities for limited arms control.

The commission, the release said, also discussed a report by JEM-Sudan on the progress on security arrangements with the Government of Sudan and urged the parties to work closely with the Ceasefire Commission.

“The Commission concluded by recognizing the crucial role the international community can play in achieving durable peace in Darfur and encouraged those partners to provide continued support to the implementation of the DDPD,' the release added.

Pana 26/02/2014