Sunday, 7 April 2013

Pact to end strife in Darfur: PM


DOHA THE Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani witnessed the signing of the final peace agreement between Sudan and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), in Doha, on Saturday.

The agreement was signed, under the auspices of Qatar, by Sudanese Minister of State at the Presidency and Head of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur Implementation Follow-up Office Amin Hassan Omar, and for the JEM by its Chairman Mohamed Bishr Ahmad, on behalf of their respective sides.

HE the PM praised both parties for their commitment to end violence and their effort to help alleviate the suffering of the people in Darfur. He said that the signing of the deal signals the end of the war in Darfur, and called on other movements to join the peace process.

The PM said that it is time to see stability and peace prevailing throughout Darfur after years of conflict, and to enable the people of Darfur to return to their homes and live normal lives. Underscoring the necessity of addressing the humanitarian needs of displaced persons and refugees from Darfur, he said, “Relief is necessary so that the transition to development becomes possible”.

“We look forward to seeing that the international donors conference for the reconstruction and development in Darfur, due to be held tomorrow (on Sunday) here in Doha, present an effective start to the process of reconstruction and development in Darfur.” HE the PM said that Qatar has been working in close collaboration with the joint mediation of the African Union and the UN to reach a comprehensive solution to the conflict in Darfur.

Sudanese Vice-President Ali Osman Taha, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs HE Ahmed bin Abdullah al Mahmoud, Head of the Darfur Regional Authority Al Tijani El-Sisi and a number of head of diplomatic delegations in Qatar attended the signing ceremony.

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