SUDAN: AU-UN MEDIATORS UNDERLINES RECONCILIATION IN DARFUR CONFLICT
KHARTOUM (Sudan), Emphasizing that there is no military solution to the conflict in Sudan's restive Darfur region, the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has vowed to continue promoting reconciliation and peace initiatives.
"The Mission and UN Country Team partners are doing their best to fulfil the protection needs of and provide humanitarian aid to the displaced," said UNAMID Joint Special Representative/Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Martin Uhomoibhi in a end-of-year message.
Noting that the situation remains challenging, Uhomoibhi said that 2016 hasn't been an easy year for the people of Darfur and for UNAMID staff.
"Armed clashes among different communal groups in various locations around Darfur and the renewal of conflict in the Jebel Marra area have resulted in numerous casualties and mass displacements.
"We have lost a colleague from South Africa in hostile action while others passed away due to unfortunate incidents," he lamented.
The Chief Mediator addressed his message to "the people and the Government of Sudan", wishing them " a peaceful and joyous New Year" and he congratulated them on the anniversary of Sudan's Independence Day commemorated on Jan 1.
"As we look ahead to the New Year, I want to assure you that UNAMID shall carry on with its mandate assiduously and remain committed to the cause of peace, stability and security in Darfur," he said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK