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Envoy for Darfur recommends “stern action” against rebel leader

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- The head of the African Union/United Nations (AU/UN) peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region on Monday recommended “stern action” by the UN Security Council against rebel leader Abdul Wahid al Nur amid a drawdown of the hybrid mission.

All efforts to bring the leader of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) faction into the peace process have so far failed, said Jeremiah Mamabolo, who is also AU/UN joint special representative for Darfur.

He has urged the AU Peace and Security Council to consider stern action against al Nur “because from all accounts, he prefers belligerence and armed struggle to cessation of hostilities and a political process,” Mamabolo told the UN Security Council in a briefing.

“It is highly unlikely that he would change this position any time soon. The (UN) Security Council may wish to consider stern measures against the SLA leader,” said Mamabolo via a video link from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Al Nur’s SLA faction has rejected the 2006 Darfur Peace Agreement.

Mamabolo said he has continued to engage with the Sudanese government and rebel movements to bridge their differences so that they could agree on and sign a pre-negotiation framework which would facilitate the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement and resumption of political negotiations.

The AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) is undergoing reconfiguration and drawdown before a final exit, he said.

The mission, together with the UN Country Team in Sudan, is in the process of finalizing the concept of the state liaison functions, which will facilitate collaboration for the mission’s transition and eventual exit, said Mamabolo.

The mission is in the process of relocating its headquarters from El Fasher to Zalingei, and his office to Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan, he said.

UNAMID is on course to reduce the military component by 3,265 personnel by December 2018 and another 1,420 personnel by June 30, 2019, said Mamabolo.

The military component will continue to maintain its presence in the redefined area of responsibility in the greater Jebel Marra area, focusing on traditional peacekeeping functions while maintaining the flexibility to respond in the rest of Darfur when the situation demands, he said.

The police component will maintain an overall strength of 2,500 personnel, said Mamabolo.

The abolishment of 1,184 civilian personnel positions by the first half of 2019 is being finalized, he said.

The security situation in Darfur remains relatively calm and peaceful, with the exception of pockets in the Jebel Marra area where armed conflict between government and rebel forces continued, said Mamabolo.

Despite the improvement, internally displaced persons (IDPs) face a series of security challenges, he warned. “There is continuing concern among IDPs over systematic attacks, assaults, farm destructions, harassment, land occupation issues and livestock theft.”

During the four months ending Oct. 8, six inter-communal clashes over land and livestock theft, resulting in 18 fatalities, were reported, said Mamabolo.

UNAMID continues to focus on early warning, preventive measures, capacity-building and efforts to address the root causes of conflicts in collaboration with government authorities, community leaders and relevant institutions, he said.

The mission was approved by a UN Security Council resolution in July 2007 to bring stability to the war-torn Darfur region while peace talks on a final settlement continue.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Internally displaced persons face security threats in Sudan Darfur

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sudan’s Darfur region face a series of security challenges although the overall security situation remains relatively calm, warned an African Union/United Nations (AU/UN) joint envoy on Monday.

“Despite the improved security situation, there is continuing concern among IDPs over systematic attacks, assaults, farm destructions, harassment, land occupation issues and livestock theft,” said Jeremiah Mamabolo, AU/UN joint special representative and head of the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

During the four months ending Oct. 8, six inter-communal clashes over land and livestock theft, resulting in 18 fatalities, were reported, Mamabolo told the Security Council in a briefing.

UNAMID continues to focus on early warning, preventive measures, capacity-building and efforts to address the root causes of conflicts in collaboration with government authorities, community leaders and relevant institutions, he said via a video link from Johannesburg, South Africa.

During the period, the security situation in Darfur remained relatively calm and peaceful, with the exception of pockets in the Jebel Marra area where armed conflict between government and rebel forces continued, said Mamabolo.

The number of cases of human rights violations and abuses also dropped, he said.

UNAMID documented 134 new cases involving 304 victims in the June-October 2018 period, compared with 169 cases involving 508 victims during the previous four-month period, he said.

Preparations are under way to start a constructive discussion with the Sudanese government on the need to establish a country office of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights in Sudan, said Mamabolo.

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African Union AND United Nations peacekeeping
mission in Darfur in process of drawdown: envoy

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- The head of the African Union/United Nations (AU/UN) peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region said Monday that the hybrid mission is undergoing reconfiguration and drawdown before a final exit.

The mission, known by its acronym as UNAMID, together with the UN Country Team in Sudan, is in the process of finalizing the concept of the state liaison functions, which will facilitate collaboration for the mission’s transition and eventual exit, said Jeremiah Mamabolo, who is also AU/UN joint special representative for Darfur.

The mission is in the process of relocating its headquarters from El Fasher to Zalingei, and his office to Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan, he told the UN Security Council.

UNAMID is on course to reduce the military component by 3,265 personnel by December 2018 and another 1,420 personnel by June 30, 2019, said Mamabolo via a video link from Johannesburg, South Africa.

The military component will continue to maintain its presence in the redefined area of responsibility in the greater Jebel Marra area, focusing on traditional peacekeeping functions while maintaining the flexibility to respond in the rest of Darfur when the situation demands, he said.

The police component will maintain an overall strength of 2,500 personnel, said Mamabolo.

The abolishment of 1,184 civilian personnel positions by the first half of 2019 is being finalized, he said.

The Security Council will be considering realistic and achievable exit benchmarks in accordance with UNAMID’s redefined priorities of protecting civilians, monitoring and reporting of human rights and the facilitation of humanitarian assistance; mediation of inter-communal conflict, other local conflict and measures to address root causes; and mediation between the Sudanese government and rebel movements, he noted. 

           

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