Posted by: APO | 2 December 2007

AU/UN Special Representative discusses with GoS outstanding issues related to UNAMID


Press Release

 

AU/UN Special Representative discusses with GoS outstanding issues related to UNAMID

 

A working session involving AU/UN Joint Special Representative (JSR) who is

also the AMIS Head of Mission, Rodolphe Adada and the chairman of the GoS

technical committee for the implementation of the Hybrid Operation and Under-

Secretary of the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr.Mutrif Sidiq, took place

at the Ministry today.

It was attended by a number of officials from both sides who reviewed

outstanding issues related to the smooth functioning of United Nations African

Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) as well as ways and means of addressing

them.

The discussions focused particularly on land allocated to UNAMID in the Darfur

States, the use of El-Fashir Airport during night time, speeding up the process

regarding the release of communication equipments as well as the issue of the

Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). In this connection, the two parties agreed

to finalize SOFA on the basis of UN/AU proposals which will be considered as a

working document.

The JSR expressed the pressing need for solving all these outstanding issues at

this critical phase since the AU, UN and GoS are committed to start the Hybrid

Operation by end of this year in the best possible condition. The JSR expressed

his satisfaction over the issue of land allocated earlier to UNAMID in El-Fashir

and Nyala, and took note of the commitment of GoS Party to make similar

arrangements in Geneina and Zalingei.

The chairman of GoS technical committee for the implementation of the Hybrid

Operation, gave assurance that the necessary instruction will be given to the

concerned authorities in Geneina and Zalingei to settle the matter in a

satisfactory manner for UNAMID. He also agreed to expedite the release of all

communication equipments from customs before the end of the week.

Regarding the operating of El-Fashir Airport at night, the GoS agreed that the

airport will be open for medical evacuation only until its capabilities are upgraded.

The two sides agreed to undertake a joint tour of the three Darfur States to insure

the smooth implementation of the Hybrid operation on the ground and to hold

regular meetings in the future. The meeting was held in a good spirit.

Khartoum, 2 December, 2007


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