Posted by: africanpressorganization | 27 June 2011

Darfur / UNAMID Media Brief



Darfur / UNAMID Media Brief


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, June 27, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNAMID Media Brief / 2011-06-26


UNAMID Radio and Sudan Radio sign broadcast agreement

UNAMID Communications and Public Information Division (CPID) on 26 June 2011 signed an agreement with the National Public Radio Corporation (NPRC) for the broadcast of UNAMID Radio programmes on Al Salaam Radio and Darfur state radio stations. This is an interim arrangement whilst the Government of the Sudan reviews the Mission’s application for a radio broadcasting license, in conformity with the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) signed between the Mission and the Government of the Sudan.


According to this interim arrangement, UNAMID Radio will broadcast for two hours daily, on Al Salaam Radio, with repeat broadcasts at appropriate times on Darfur state radio stations, starting on 03 July 2011.


“We would like to express our satisfaction at finally reaching an agreement with UNAMID on the issue of radio. We look forward to working with UNAMID in promoting peace, through radio, to the people of Darfur,” noted the Director General of the NPRC, Mr. Mutasim Fadl Abdelgadir at the signing ceremony held at the NPRC Headquarters in Omdurman.


The Director of the Communications and Public Information Division, Kemal Saiki, who led the UNAMID delegation to the signing ceremony, remarked that the lengthy and sometimes difficult discussions between the two parties bear testimony to “the important role radio has in bringing peace and development to the people of Darfur.” Mr. Saiki added that “the agreement marks the beginning of a fruitful relationship between UNAMID Radio and NPRC, one that will also witness a cross-pollination of talents from both sides.”


UNAMID receives UN military chief

United Nations Military Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen. Jean Bailaud today visited UNAMID regional offices in South and West Darfur as part of a two-day visit to the region.


The General yesterday visited UNAMID’s headquarters in El Fasher, where he was welcomed by the Mission’s Acting Force Commander, Brig Gen David David Enetie.


The delegation was briefed on the Mission’s deployment status and Darfur’s current security situation. They also held intensive discussions on recent developments and current trends in the region. The team later met with peacekeepers stationed in Zam Zam team site, on the outskirts of El Fasher, to discuss challenges faced on the ground in carrying out the Mission’s mandate.


UNAMID patrols

UNAMID military conducted 132 patrols including routine, short-range, long-range, night and humanitarian escort patrols covering 86 villages and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps.


UNAMID Police advisors conducted 109 patrols in villages and IDP camps.



United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)


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