21 November 2012

Sudan: Unamid Acting Chief Brings Together Darfur Peace Parties for Talks With AU Leadership

press release

Addis Ababa — UNAMID Acting Joint Special Representative (JSR) and Joint Chief Mediator a.i. Aichatou Mindaoudou, together with the parties to the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), discussed today progress made so far and challenges in the implementation of the Document with the leadership of the African Union (AU).

The meetings, held at the AU's headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, brought together the Chairperson of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), El Tigani Seisi, the Sudanese Minister of State, Amin Hassan Omer, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and the AU Peace and Security Commissioner, Ramtane Lamamra.

The DRA Chair highlighted the priorities of the institution, including creating an environment conducive to the return of internally displaced persons and refugees, facilitating reconstruction and development in Darfur, and conducting internal dialogue and consultation in Darfur. Dr. Seisi requested the AU to advocate for the upcoming Darfur Donor's Conference, set to take place in January 2013 in Doha, Qatar.

The Acting JSR called attention to the importance of unconditional access to all areas of Darfur so the international community can assist the population more effectively and, in particular, so UNAMID can implement its mandate in the protection of civilians.

She concluded by commending the spirit of cooperation between the parties. "I encourage the Government and the DRA to redouble their efforts to accelerate the implementation of the DDPD and to sustain their cooperation with UNAMID," she said.

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