Posted by: africanpressorganization | 28 August 2008

Darfur / United Nations / Joint Chief Mediator Basole Assumes Duties in Darfur / Calls for cessation of hostilities by all parties.


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Joint Chief Mediator Basole Assumes Duties in Darfur / Calls for cessation of hostilities by all parties.


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, August 28, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The newly appointed Joint Chief Mediator (JCM) for Darfur, Mr. Djibril Yipene Bassole, arrived El Fasher, North Darfur today to assume duties, with a call on all parties to halt hostilities and to create conditions for political dialogue.


Mr. Bassole, who was received at El Fasher airport by African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operations in Darfur (UNAMID), Joint Special Representative, Mr. Rodolphe Adada, and other management staff of the mission, stressed that no negotiations could take place in a climate of tension and mistrust.


Addressing media representatives on arrival at the El Fasher airport, the JCM outlined the priorities for his assignment which he said were to get in touch with all the players in the region.. “The important phase for my assignment obviously is to get in touch with all the players on the ground so that I can absorb the realities on the ground, and to organize quite quickly a few work sessions so as to directly engage the issues,” Mr. Bassole told Journalists.


On his call for cessation of hostilities by all parties, the JCM said he was counting on the goodwill of all the parties to halt all sorts of hostilities and create conditions for political dialogue. He added that he was quite optimistic because all the parties to the conflict want peace, stressing that “we have to put mechanisms in place that will not only allow a sustained cease fire, but will also help avoid reoccurrence of violent incidents.”


Commenting on the recent incident in Kalma camp in South Darfur, in which 32 people, among them women and children lost their lives; Mr. Bassole announced that measures would be put in place to mitigate such a sad episode. “One can not consider lightly any event which has caused such a tragic loss…obviously everyone has his own share of responsibility,” the JCM said.


Mr. Bassole said he did wish that Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps remain safe and secure areas so that the kind of violence that just occurred doesn’t happen again. The JCM who said he understood the concerns of government and also those of the armed groups, stated however that “we have to sit around the table and find solutions that make everyone secure.


During their exchange of views, the Joint Special Representative Adada promised the JCM that UNAMID would do everything to help the JCM in his task.


Mr. Basole also called on the Deputy Governor of North Darfur, Mr.Idris Abdallah Hassan, who pledged the support and cooperation of the people and government of North Darfur to enable the JCM succeed in his assignment.


Mr. Bassole told the Mr. Hassan that his plan for Darfur was to strengthen dialogue between different parties for lasting peace in Darfur, and to promote reconciliation; two tasks which he said could not be accomplished without the support of the government.


The JCM is expected to visit the towns of Nyala, South Darfur and El Geneina in West Darfur with the same message during his 4-day visit.



SOURCE : United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)


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