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Thursday, 10 January 2019 08:46

Anti-State Organizations Seeking to Prolonge UNAMID Presence in Sudan: Darfurian Forces

SMC - Khartoum - Darfurian forces has criticized the quarterly report of the UN Secretary-General (SG) on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), saying it relied on the reports of anti-State organizations serving their own agenda.
Speaking to SMC, one of Sudan Liberation Movement-Second Revolution leaders, Mohamed Idris said that that the report is not impartial and overlooked many of the positive events that took place in Darfur, stressing their steadfast position on the UNAMID exit.
He pointed out that the international community stressed the need to reduce the UNAMID forces, noting that most of the UNAMID’s workers have personal interests so they want to prolong their presence in Darfur.
In the same context, the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) led by Bakhit Dabajo, Tayeb Khamis said that “The war ended in Darfur following the signing of the Doha agreement”, adding* “Preserving peace has became the people of Darfur responsibility, and no need for the UNAMID'.
Khamis praised the efforts of the government and its initiatives to bring peace and the voluntary return of the displaced to their villages, criticizing the reports issued by UNAMID, which are working to change the positive view of the international community towards Sudan.
In December 2018 UNAMID concluded the closure and handover of 10 team sites to the Government of Sudan, with Graida team site in South Darfur being the last to be handed over.
This is in line with the second phase of the Mission’s ongoing reconfiguration, as mandated by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2429 of July 2018.
A tripartite working group including the Sudanese government, African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) has been set up in February 2015 to develop an exit strategy for the UNAMID from Darfur.
In June 2017, the AU and the UN decided to draw down the UNAMID by withdrawing the military personnel by 44% and that of the police component by 30%, the closure of 11 team sites in the first phase and the withdrawal of the military component from another 7 team sites in the second phase.
The UN Security Council (UNSC) admitted that the security situation in Darfur has improved but it decided to reinforce its presence in the mountainous area of Jebel Marra because there is no cessation of hostilities as a Sudan Liberation Movement faction led by Abdel Wahid al-Nur (SLM-AW) refuses to declare a unilateral truce or to engage in peace negotiations.
Last July, the UNSC unanimously decided to extend for one year the mandate of the UNAMID and also to reduce the number of its troops in line with an exit strategy aiming to close the hybrid operation in two years.