Sudan: The Challenges of Doha Document Discussed in South Darfur

Nyala (HAN) January 14, 2015 – Public diplomacy and Regional Security and safety news. – The ninth meeting of the Implementation Follow-up Commission (IFC) of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) was held yesterday in Nyala, South Darfur. The Commission discussed the progress made and the challenges faced in the implementation of the DDPD since its last meeting held on 28 April 2014.


Update: Forces of the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), led by Dr El Tijani Sese, disturbed a seminar organised by LJM Secretary-General Bahar Idris Abu Garda in Nyala, capital of South Darfur, on Sunday. The former rebel fighters stormed the government building where the seminar was held, and prevented Abu Garda from giving a lecture to the attending LJM members about the state of affairs regarding the implementation of the Doha Document of Peace in Darfur (DDPD), and the DDPD security arrangements.

“The situation was chaotic, and may have gotten out of hand, if Abu Garda had not left the building,” an attendant told Dabanga.  “A heavily armed group of LJM combatants from the Domaya military training camp arrived at the premises of the Abdallahi El Taisha Hall in Nyala in four vehicles,” he related. “They went straight to the podium, where one of them seized the microphone from the seminar’s facilitator.  “Abu Garda cancelled the seminar immediately. His guards stood up against the intruding forces. A fight could barely be prevented,” he said. “Abu Garda then angrily returned to the house of the governor, refusing to comment.

The Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) meeting was chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Qatar, H.E. Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud. The Government of Sudan was represented by Minister of State Dr. Amin Hassan Omer, while the Wali (Governor) of West Darfur, Mr. Haider Galo Koma, and Mr. Altoum Suliman, represented the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) and Justice and Equality Movement-Sudan, respectively. Also present were the representatives of the African Union, the European Union, the League of Arab States, Canada, Chad, China, Egypt, France, Japan, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Mr. Abiodun Bashua, the Acting AU-UN Joint Special Representative (AJSR) and Joint Chief Mediator hosted the event at UNAMID’s headquarters in Nyala, Sector South.

Presenting the IFC Secretariat’s report to the meeting, Acting JSR Bashua, reiterated UNAMID’s commitment and determination to continue to support and cooperate with DDPD parties and IFC members in implementing the mandated tasks, as stipulated in the DDPD. He sought for the collaboration of all IFC members: “I look forward to your support so that we can collectively continue more steadfastly the tasks of promoting lasting peace, stability and development in Darfur.” Mr. Bashua said.

The AJSR underlined UNAMID’s efforts in support of expediting the implementation of the Final Security Arrangements provisions of the DDPD for ex–combatants of JEM – Sudan and LJM. While commending the DDPD parties for their efforts in this regard, “I urge the parties to continue and finalize all arrangements and outstanding issues in order to bring the process to foreclosure as soon as possible.” He added.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Al Mahmoud renewed his country’s pledge to continue its steadfast support for the DDPD and strongly urged other international stakeholders and IFC members to rededicate themselves and demonstrate their continuing support through fulfilling their commitments and pledges in order to facilitate timely and enhanced implementation of the DDPD with a view to enhancing peace and stability in the region. Furthermore, he stressed that “the aspired for peace in Darfur will not be achieved through agreements and protocols alone; rather by those who have the best interests of their country and their people at heart. Therefore, the implementation and follow-up phase should be an all-inclusive exercise encompassing all the communities and groups in Darfur.”


Update Photo: The elder brother of Dr El Tijani Sese, head of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), was killed in Zalingei, capital of Central Darfur.


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