Posted by: africanpressorganization | 7 July 2011

Darfur / UNAMID Media Brief



Darfur / UNAMID Media Brief


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, July 7, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNAMID Media Brief / 2011-07-06


UNAMID Chief continues to seek release of detained colleagues

Following the detention of two UNAMID national staff, Idris Abdelrahman and Hawa Abdalla more than two months ago, UNAMID senior leadership continue to press the local authorities for the immediate release of their colleagues.


“We will do everything to secure their release,” stressed JSR Ibrahim Gambari.


On 25 May access was granted to UNAMID and Idris’ family in Nyala, South Darfur, he was reported to be well. JSR Gambari and Under-Secretary General for Field Support Ms. Susanna Malcorra, met with Ms. Hawa on 29 June in Khartoum where she is currently being held. She is reported to be well and denied all charges against her. Mr. Gambari has been in contact with her family, and assures them that the Mission will continue to engage the authorities of her release.


JSR briefs UNAMID staff on Doha developments, introduces new Deputy Chief

Returning from a series of diplomatic visits including missions to Kigali, Rwanda, and UN headquarters in New York, Mr. Gambari briefed peacekeepers on recent developments on the Darfur peace process including the outcome of the Darfur International Water Conference recently held in Khartoum and the All Darfur Stakeholders conference in Doha, Qatar.


The JSR also introduced the Mission’s new Deputy Joint Special Representatives (Political), Ms. Aichatou Mindaoudou from Niger who arrived on 30 June. Ms. Mindaoudou succeeds Gen. (Rtd) Henry Anyidoho who left the Mission more than a year ago.


Regarding the All Darfur conference in Doha, Mr. Gambari pointed out that the document had been well received by all stakeholders including the African Union and United Nations which would be signed by the Government of Sudan and the Liberation and Justice Movement next week.


“The way forward is to encourage the other parties to join the peace process, the people of Darfur have suffered for too long, too deeply,” said JSR Gambari, addressing UNAMID staff today at the Mission’s headquarters in El Fasher, North Darfur.


UNAMID patrols

UNAMID military conducted 84 patrols including routine, short-range, long-range, night and humanitarian escort patrols covering 74 villages and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. UNAMID Police advisors conducted 107 patrols in villages and IDP camps.



United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)


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