Posted by: africanpressorganization | 21 October 2009

Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief




Darfur / UNAMID Daily Media Brief



EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, October 21, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNAMID Daily Media Brief / 2009-10-21

Security situation in Darfur
The security situation in Darfur remains relatively calm, but unpredictable.

UNAMID military forces conducted 112 patrols including routine, short range, long range, night, and Humanitarian escort patrols, covering 70 villages and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps during the reporting period.

UNAMID police advisors also conducted 130 patrols in villages and IDP camps.

Visit of United Nations USG for Field Support, Ms. Malcorra
On 20 Oct 09, UN Under-Secretary General (USG) for Field Support, Ms. Susana Malcorra visited Sector West HQ at El-Geneina, West Darfur, accompanied by DJSR for Operations and Management, Mr. Mohamed Yonis, where she challenged UNAMID Forces stating that “this is a moment of truth” and that they had to stand to defend the Mission’s staff and civilians in Darfur according to the mandate.

Addressing staff at the Sector HQ, USG Malcorra said she was visiting here basically for a single purpose: to demonstrate the UN top leadership’s solidarity with the mission and its staff and that it was “very close” to them during these difficult times, hoping for the release of the two colleagues held hostage.

She said the months ahead were very important to Darfur and Sudan and that the UN had a significant role in opening up space for humanitarian activities and ensuring protection for civilians.

Ms. Malcorra expressed her satisfaction to see that UNAMID has firmly focused on nothing else but working tirelessly with the objective of attaining sustainable peace and security for Darfurians.
The Rwandan Chief of Defense Visits UNAMID
The visiting Rwandan Chief of Defense, Gen. James Kabarebe, was received today with military honors by the UNAMID Force Commander (FC). He discussed with the FC the security situation in Darfur as well as the state of the Mission.

The Rwandan official also met with UNAMID Acting Joint Special Representative (JSR a.i.), Henry Anyidoho, who expressed appreciation for the contribution of Rwanda to UNAMID and to enhancing security and stability in Darfur. The JSR a.i. briefed Gen. Kabarebe on the political and security situation on the ground and discussed with him prospects for the upcoming new round of talks in Doha.  They agreed on the need for international consensus on the strategy for Darfur.


United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)


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