22 February 2013

Sudan: Unamid Welcomes the Sudan-JEM Peace Pact

The United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and the UN Country Team (UNCT) have welcomed a recent ceasefire agreement signed by the Sudanese government and Darfur's Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Sudan. A UNAMID statement released in Khartoum described the peace pact as "a significant step" towards a comprehensive peace agreement for Darfur. The statement follows a meeting by UNCT and UNAMID on Tuesday in El Fashir, the capital of North Darfur State, where they discussed on ways of strengthening mechanisms to protect civilians and joint initiatives in supporting the implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).

The meeting welcomed the recent temporary ceasefire agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Sudan, within the framework of the DDPD. It said the parties acknowledged the progress made by the UNCT-UNAMID Joint Working Groups in support of the DDPD. It announced the endorsement of three key projects focusing on livelihood and water supply, capacity building support to the Voluntary Returnees Commission, and support for a permanent ceasefire.

During the meeting, the implementation of the protection of civilian's strategy and humanitarian access to Darfur by the UNCT and Sudan's international partners was revisited, and "it was agreed to develop a humanitarian access mechanism for Darfur, including a larger UNCT-UNAMID presence". The meeting was co-chaired by UNAMID Acting Joint Special Representative and Joint Chief Mediator, Aichatou Mindaoudou, and UN Resident Coordinator and UN Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative in Sudan, Ali Al-Za'tari.

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