SENIOR UN OFFICIAL VOICES SATISFACTION WITH VISIT TO SUDAN’S DAFUR

A senior United Nations official who has just concluded a visit to the Dafur region of western Sudan has expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the visit and her discussions with six Cabinet ministers and state ministers, as well as the field visits to North Dafur and West Darfur states, beside lengthy meetings with civil society organizations (CSOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict Areas Pramila Patten on Sunday briefed Sundayese Minister for Social Welfare Mahaair Al Dawalab on the outcome of her visit and the well-organized programme prepared and implemented.

She said her meetings in Darfur were excellent and expressed her hope to boost contacts and follow-up co-operation with Sudan with a view to putting in place a road map for further co-operative action.

Patten, who will submit a report to the UN Security Council and explain the outcome and results of her visit to Sudan, commended the progress made in legislation relative to women in Sudan but stressed that there was still more to be done for upgrading these laws and implementation them in Sudan.

The Minister meanwhile commended the statement made by Patten after her visit to the Darfur region and pointed to the stability and security enjoyed by Darfur as clearly stated by UN delegations visiting the region. She referred to the voluntary return of refugees and displaced people to their home areas in Darfur.

She said efforts would continue to achieve greater peace and stability and that the return of internally displaced persons to their home areas would be one of the most effective ways to end any expected violence against civilians.

She said the ongoing efforts now seek to instill peace, curb crime, and apply laws against chaos. The government of Sudan does not tolerate any violence of that type and that it has the political will to implement this resolve, she added.

She also assured the visiting UN official that the Sudan would provide the tools and legislations as well as the institutions for the remedy of any gaps.

Source: NAM News Network

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