SUDAN WATCH: Sudan's land issues: Many nomadic groups occupy pastures belonging to displaced communities - Concerns of Arab nomads remain largely unaddressed

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Sudan's land issues: Many nomadic groups occupy pastures belonging to displaced communities - Concerns of Arab nomads remain largely unaddressed

IRIN report 11 Sep 2006 - Rebel divisions hamper Darfur peace - via ST. Excerpt:
"...Even if the remaining rebel groups signed the DPA, the concerns of Arab nomads remain largely unaddressed. Mohammed El Sayed Hassan, director of El Massar, an NGO that supports nomadic groups, said their main concern was land - acquiring a homeland where they could settle and opening up migration routes for their animals.

"If the issue of the return [of IDPs] comes up, there are bound to be many problems - many nomadic groups are occupying pastures that belong to displaced communities. Unless these issues are tackled comprehensively there won't be stability in Darfur," he said.

"Ultimately, the DPA itself is not at the heart of the matter," an analyst observed. "It's about the way it was negotiated and the lack of consultation of rebel leaders - who were rarely in Darfur to meet their supporters on the ground - with their field commanders."

Through a process that involves all genuine stakeholders and has solid international support, peace is attainable in Darfur, a local observer stressed. "Organising that is difficult enough in itself, however, and unfortunately there are always spoilers," she added.

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