JEM's El-Tahir El-Fakie says the war in Darfur is not over
From Sudan Radio Service, Monday, 30 November 2009:
(Khartoum/London) - The Government of National Unity says that the AU and UN joint peace keeping forces in Darfur should prepare to leave the region.
“The war in Darfur is not over.
Sudan’s Ambassador to the UN, Abdulmahmoud Abdulhalim, made the statement in New York last week.
Abdulhalim was reacting to a report by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon that GONU has violated an agreement which allows the full deployment of UNAMID forces in Darfur.
GONU claims that there is an improvement in security and the humanitarian situation in Darfur and that there is no need for UNAMID in the region.
The adviser to the Minister of Information in GONU, Dr. Rabie Abdullaati, spoke to SRS from Khartoum on Monday.
[Dr. Rabie Abdullaati]: “What ambassador Halim said was a reaction to the UN secretary-general’s statement that no progress has been made in Darfur - yet the last report by UN observers described how there is a tremendous improvement on the ground in Darfur regarding the humanitarian and security situations. Even the UNAMID reports say so. So there are many indications that show there is no need for the joint AU-UN peace-keeping forces in Darfur.”
The main Darfur anti-government group, the Justice and Equality Movement, claimed that a war is still going on in Darfur, and that there is no improvement in the region.
The chairperson of the JEM legislative council, Dr. el-Tahir el-Fakie, spoke to us from London.
[Dr. el-Tahir el-Fakie]: “The war in Darfur is not over. The end of the war should lead to a ceasefire agreement, reconciliation, compensation and the return of the IDPs. All these issues have not been settled yet. Now they want the UNAMID to leave? This is just political maneuvering and the facts are inaccurate. The ambassador knows very well that the Government of Sudan can’t chase out UNAMID because the conflict is not over. There are still some pending issues; displaced people, people getting killed, and there are criminals that must be prosecuted. This is the issue.”
SRS contacted UNAMID spokesman Noureddine Mezni, but he declined to comment on the issue.
The UNAMID hybrid operation was endorsed by the AU and the UN in December 2006 and was approved by the Government of Sudan in June 2007, after months of opposition.
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