Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

21 December 2012

Sudan: Peaceful Coexistence Forum in El Fasher Announced

El Fasher — Leaders of Kutum and Alwaha localities in North Darfur have agreed to hold a forum for peaceful coexistence in El Fasher in the first week of the New Year.

Leading figure in Kutum and Kassab camp sheikh, Taher Ismail, revealed to Radio Dabanga that about 100 leaders from the two localities held a two-day meeting which started on Friday, December 14 in El Fasher, to exchange views and opinions.

The sheikh added that the leaders agreed on three matters to be discussed in regards to peaceful coexistence in the first week of January. The three topics are security, economy, development and administrative issues and the purpose of the meeting is to come up with decisions and recommendations which will be sent to the authorities, Ismail added.

Inter-community dialogue

A press statement issued by UNAMID on Wednesday stated the Mission is undertaking a series of inter-community dialogues aimed at mitigating tensions and deadly clashes between farmers and herders as well as preventing future conflicts between these two groups in several localities in North Darfur, including Kutum.

On 13 December, a workshop was held in Kutum with the participation of representatives from civil society, native administrative, national nongovernmental organizations, internally displaced persons, youth associations and the women's union.

During the session, the groups, which consist of representatives from Alwaha and Kutum localities, were able to exchange views on some of the root-causes of the conflict between the two groups, as well as on ways to engender peaceful coexistence and to promote culture of peace at community level, the statement added.

Among the recommendations, the participants stressed on the importance of disarmament of civilians, and empowerment of civil administration and local mechanisms to enable them to continue to perform their traditional role in conflict resolution.

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