Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 November 2008

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Visits Darfur.



United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Visits Darfur.

EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, November 26, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs & Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. John Holmes, arrived in El Fasher yesterday on the first leg of his two day tour of Dafur.

The AU-UN Joint Special Representative (JSR), Mr. Rodolphe Adada, members of UNAMID Senior Leadership and officials briefed Holmes on the political and security situation, military and police issues, humanitarian and human rights situation as well as efforts exerted in the area of the Darfur-Darfur Dialogue and Consultations (DDDC). They also reviewed with him the status of cooperation between UNAMID and the Humanitarian Community and discussed ways and means of enhancing it.

JSR Adada stressed that “the cooperation between the Humanitarian Community and UNAMID is making progress and UNAMID will do everything possible to jointly coordinate efforts in order to help the people of Darfur“.

Mr. Holmes pledged continued humanitarian operations saying “we are grateful to UNAMID for its support and cooperation. The bulk of the Humanitarian activities in the Sudan is taking place in Darfur and we will try to maintain humanitarian operations in the best shape we can”.

Earlier in the day, Holmes visited Kalma Internally Displaced People Camp in South Darfur where he met with representatives of the IDP’s. The representatives praised UNAMID’s efforts in providing security and protection inside the camp and also raised issues regarding the lack of water, food, education and health facilities in the area.

In response to the IDP complaints, Mr Holmes explained that “UNAMID alone ca not resolve the Darfur problem. IDP’s should be able to go back to their places of origin and this needs a political negotiation which we are going to further engage…” He also indicated that “the insecurity in which the Humanitarian Community is working in is one of the reasons behind the reduction of food ratios in the IDP Camps.”

Mr. Holmes continues his Darfur tour today with a visit to Zalingei and El Geneina (West Darfur).



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


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