Posted by: africanpressorganization | 8 June 2009

Launching of the DDR programme in southern Sudan





Launching of the DDR programme in southern Sudan


KARTHUM, Sudan, June 8, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Invitation to representatives of the media

WHAT Launching of the DDR Programme in southern Sudan

WHEN 10 June 2009, 10.00-12.00 hours


The demobilisation of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) combatants in southern Sudan under the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) programme kicks off on 10 June 2009 in the regional capital, Juba. Up to 35,000 SPLA combatants will be demobilised in Juba and eight other centres in southern Sudan in the first phase of this operation.

First Vice President of the Republic of Sudan and President of the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), Salva Kiir Mayardit, senior officials from the Government of National Unity and GoSS, as well as diplomatic representatives will be attending the ceremony. The United Nations will be represented by the Deputy Humanitarian Resident Coordinator, Lise Grande.

First launched in February this year, the DDR programme in Sudan is currently underway in Ed Damazin, Blue Nile State and Kadugli, Southern Kordofan. Up to the end of May 2009, more than 4,300 combatants who fought during the North-South war from the Sudan Armed Forces, Popular Defence Forces and SPLA have already been demobilised.

The target figure of the DDR programme is 180,000 combatants. Under the multi-year scheme, they would be disarmed, demobilised and progressively reintegrated into civilian life.

The programme is jointly led by the Sudanese DDR Commissions in North and South Sudan, with the United Nations providing financial and technical support.

For further information, contact:

Mr. Napoleon Viban, mobile: +249 (0) 914549072, e-mail:



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