26 August 2009

Sudan: African Union High Level Panel on Darfur

Photo: Derk Segaar/IRIN
Sudanese Liberation Army rebels in South Darfur State: Four rebel factions have united to prepare for talks with the Sudanese government.

Khartoum — The African Union High Level Panel on Darfur arrived in Khartoum on 22nd August 2009 for its fourth mission to Sudan.

The Panel was established by the African Union, under the chair of former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, to consider and make recommendations on how to expedite and harmonise the processes of peace, reconciliation and justice with respect to Darfur.

In Khartoum, the Panel has already held consultations with the Government of Sudan,the political parties and civil society representatives on its proposed recommendations.

The Panel has been very encouraged by the commitment, frankness and thoughtfulness demonstrated by the various Sudanese stakeholders with whom it has interacted.

On 26th August, the Panel will commence two days of crucial consultations, in Nyala, with various stakeholders from all sections of Darfurian society.

The Panel will continue with its consultations in Sudan until the end of August, and thereafter it will prepare its report and hand it over to the African Union in September.

Other members of the Panel are: General Abdulsalami Abubakar, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Mr Pierre Buyoya, former President of Burundi; Hon Justice Florence Mumba, Judge of the Supreme Court of Zambia; Ms Rakiya A. Omaar, Director, African Rights; Mr Mohammed Kabir, Lawyer, Nigeria; and Mr Ahmed Maher El Sayed, former Foreign Minister of Egypt.

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