Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 August 2008

Darfur / Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General


Darfur / Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General



EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, August 29, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Out as a document, on the Internet at least, is the Secretary-General’s latest report on the deployment of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).  The report covers the month of July.


July has seen an extremely worrying increase in violence in Darfur, the Secretary-General reports, and notes that continuing air strikes in all three states of Darfur, even during the days surrounding the President’s visit to the region, cast a shadow over the conciliatory message the President delivered during his visit.


In the report, the Secretary-General urges all parties to recognize the urgent need to end the suffering of innocent civilians and immediately commit themselves to an unconditional ceasefire.


He also reiterates his appeal to Council members to urge troop- and police-contributing countries that are in a position to provide these desperately-needed supplies to do so without further delay.  In spite of our efforts, deployment will take many more months during which UNAMID will continue to experience serious shortfalls in communications, logistics, medical evacuation and treatment, and air support.


The Secretary-General says the decision of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to seek an arrest warrant for the President has altered the political landscape, although it is too early to assess the impact it will have on the peace process.


Without prejudice to the decision of the ICC [International Criminal Court] on the Prosecutor’s application, the international community should continue its engagement and support of the parties’ efforts to achieve progress towards resolving the crisis in the Sudan.


The international community also has the responsibility to seek agreement on the equal importance of peace and justice in trying to meet the needs of the people of Darfur, he says, and urges Member States to spare no effort to reach a consensus on how to move forward on both goals in order to achieve a comprehensive political solution in Darfur.


Darfur Today


Meanwhile, UNAMID today reports the arrival of the AU-UN Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Djibril Bassolé, who has arrived in El Fasher to re-energize the Darfur peace process.


In an interview with UN Radio earlier today, the Chief Mediator said, “We are trying to find a good approach…We need to improve this dialogue and to do so we have to discuss with everybody on the ground.”


And UNAMID Force Commander General Martin Luther Agwai visited the Zam Zam camp for displaced and welcomed the recently arrived Egyptian Engineering and Signal Company.


A UNAMID joint patrol team consisting of military and police was deployed to Kalma camp to monitor and assess the situation following this week’s attack by the Government of Sudan.



SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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