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Monday, 03 December 2018 07:24

UNAMID Reveals Meeting between Government and Armed Groups in Berlin

Al-Sammani Awadallah - Khartoum- UNAMID Joint Special Representative, Jeremiah Mamabolo has announced that UNAMID continues its drawdown, which entails the reconfiguration of its operations on the ground as mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 2429.
Mamabolo said in a press conference he held in Khartoum yesterday that in line with the Mission’s exit strategy, UNAMID has already handed over eight team sites to the Government of Sudan including El Sireaf, Um Baro and Korma in North Darfur; Labado and Shaeria in East Darfur; Mukhjar in Central Darfur; and Masteri and Mournei in West Darfur, adding that two others, Buram and Graida, in Sector South are due to be closed before the end of December.
He added that UNAMID has also handed over to the Government of Sudan, three Community Policing Centers (CPC), namely El Salam, Otash and Derige in Sector South in October, affirming that the three sector-headquarters: El Daein, Gineina and Nyala, preparations are underway to complete their closure by 30 June 2019.
Concerning the peacekeeping operations in the Jebel Marra area, the UNAMID Joint Special Representative affirmed that the Mission has significantly reconfigured its military component and is reducing the force by 3,265 uniformed personnel by 31 December and by another 1,420 by the end of June 2019, to remain with strength of 4,050 military personnel by end of June 2019.
He pointed out that the police component will remain at the ceiling of 2,500 personnel, including members of uniformed police units and individual police officers. He noted that UNAMID Police continue to enhance the capacity of the Sudan Police Force (SPF) through various initiatives aimed at strengthening and expanding SPF presence across Darfur, adding commensurate reductions in civilian staffing are being effected concurrently.
The UNAMID Joint Special Representative affirmed that he would continue to support President Mbeki’s African Union High Implementation Panel’s (AUHIP) efforts to bring the parties to the conflict to the negotiation table, pointing out that the latest attempt being a meeting convened on 22-23 November in Addis Ababa with two Darfur non-signatory movements, Sudan Liberation Army-Minni Minawi and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM-Gibril), which was to consider ways and means of expediting the pre-negotiation process and bringing the negotiations on the issues of Darfur back on track.
“We will converge in Berlin soon where we would hopefully be able to sign a pre-negotiation agreement between the Government and the Darfur movements. If we are successful, the meeting in Berlin will be followed by a meeting in Doha to discuss substantive issues, he said.
He added “All our partners have worked very hard to see this come true and as the Mediator I must use this opportunity to thank them for their efforts.”
He affirmed that the 14th meeting of the Doha Document on Peace in Darfur (DDPD) Implementation and Follow-up Committee (IFC) is to be held in Khartoum next week.