From 23-25 January 2016, UNAMID's Joint Special Representative (JSR) and Joint Chief Mediator (JCM), Martin Uhomoibhi, in collaboration with the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP), co-facilitated informal talks between the Government of Sudan (GoS) and two armed movements--Justice and Equality Movement (JEM)- Gibril and Sudan Liberation Army (SLA)- Minni Minawi.
This also presented JSR with an opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with the two movements and the Government of Sudan. The discussions took place in Debre Zeit, Ethiopia.
The meeting, funded by UNAMID, aimed at enabling the parties resolve issues regarding the cessation of hostilities (CoH) document which has been under discussion since November 2015.
The extensive and serious deliberations at the forum included outstanding matters related to the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD); the possible role of the AUHIP in further negotiations beyond the signing of a CoH; as well as the acceptance of Doha as a venue for future talks.
Both sides, in a joint statement, expressed their commitment toward reaching an agreement that will lead to peace in Darfur and supported the reconvening of future consultations following the submission of a position paper on the DDPD by the armed movements to the Qatari authorities. Additionally, the parties thanked AUHIP and UNAMID for their continued efforts to assist the cause of lasting peace in the region.