Ethiopia commends Sudanese gov’t for its peacebuilding efforts in Darfur

Addis Ababa, January 13, 2018 (FBC) – Ethiopia has commended the Sudanese government for its efforts to build peace in Darfur.

Ambassador Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN, made the remark at a Security Council briefing on the report of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the Secretary-General on UNAMID.

“We are very encouraged that the security situation in Darfur continues to show marked progress and the government is consolidating state authority across Darfur,” he said.

“We commend the government for extending the unilateral ceasefire and there has not been fighting with one of the rebel groups since around the beginning of 2015 and with the second one since the beginning of 2016.”

He added that humanitarian access has continued to improve in Darfur and the operating environment for the movement of humanitarian personnel across Darfur has been reliable and open since December 2016.

Ambassador Tekeda further said that the weapons collection program launched by the government is helping consolidate the prevailing relative peace and stability in Darfur, including its contribution to the significant decrease of the inter-communal conflicts.

The collections process went without incident in the IDP camps, and an agreement has been reached to establish a tripartite committee with the participation of UNAMID, the government and IDP representatives to conduct collection of weapons in the Kalma camp, he said.

The weapons campaign would contribute to further reducing the level of armed violence as well as the improvement of the necessary conditions for the return of the IDPs to their original homes, he indicated.

Although no new displacements have occurred in the reporting period, the high number of IDPS remains one of the biggest challenges for the attainment of sustainable peace in Darfur.

Accordingly, the support of the international community is fundamental as the government has limited capacity to fully address this enormous challenge, he said.

Ambassador Tekeda also urged all armed groups to lay down their arms and join the Doha Declaration for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) without delay.

In a related development, the Ethiopian envoy stressed the importance of continued collaboration and partnership by regional and international partners in addressing the multifaceted challenges in West Africa, the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin.

He was speaking at a briefing on the situation in Western Africa, the Sahel region and the Lake Chad Basin as well as the activities of UNOWAS over the past six months. 

The six month report of the Secretary-General on UNOWAS covered the overall developments and trends in those areas.

Posted by Amare Asrat