19 December 2012

Sudan: Berti and Ziyadiyah Tribes Sign Peace Charter

El-Fasher — The Berti and Ziyadiyah tribes of North Darfur signed a peace charter in El Fasher on Sunday, 16 December. With the agreement, both tribes commit themselves to maintaining security, stability, tolerance, cooperation and solidarity for peaceful coexistence and respect the charter as such.

Sources told Radio Dabanga that the Berti tribe was represented by Malik Yaser Hussein Ahmadai, who signed the agreement on their behalf, while the Ziyadiyah tribe was represented by the tribe's native administration chief, Abdu Adam Juzo. The two tribal representatives declared their commitment to the charter and added they will tae all duties into account to avoid future conflict or fighting between the tribes.

From hir part, Osman Kiber, Governor of North Darfur, announced the state's willingness to pay 60 percent of the blood money, losses and restitution to the tribes. Furthermore, the governor stated a technical committee will be established to investigate land disputes and will present their findings within a period of three months.

The conflict between the two tribes in Mellit last August, reportedly left 14 people dead and another 17 wounded.

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