UN-AU MISSION IN SUDAN CONFIRMS IMPROVED SECURITY, HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN DAFUR REGION
KHARTOUM, July 11 (NNN-XINHUA) -- The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has acknowledged an improvement of the security and humanitarian situation in Darfur in western Sudan but warns that the situation remains fragile.
UNAMID Joint Special Representative Jeremiah Mamabolo told a media briefing here Monday that the armed conflict in Darfur had become localized to the presence of the holdout movement, the Sudan Liberation Army-Abdul Wahid, in western Jebel Marra.
However, there are still some 2.7 million displaced people living in camps and militia groups are still active and inter-communal violence still occurs across the region, he added.
Mamabolo confirmed the "relative stability" in Darfur, while stressing the need to be cautious and make sure to put measures in place to ensure sustainability. UNAMID, he added, was "reconfiguring" in line the recently adopted UN Security Council Resolution 2363 of June 29 on reduction of the mission component.
The reconfiguration process will be conducted in two phases, and will reduce the number of military personnel to 8,735 from the current 13,627 and police personnel to 2,500 from 2,994 by June 30, 2018. UNAMID is also composed of 748 international civilian personnel, 2,151 local civilian personnel and 120 volunteers.
The UNAMID chief further reiterated that the mission would continue its task to protect civilians, facilitate humanitarian access, while ensuring the safety and security of humanitarian personnel, and to mediate between the government and armed movements.
He urged all the parties in the conflict in Darfur to reach a peaceful settlement through negotiations and to reach an agreement on cessation of hostilities. UNAMID was deployed in early 2008 in the Darfur region, and has witnessed military clashes between the Sudanese army and the rebels since 2003, which left 300,000 people dead and around 2.5 million others displaced, according to UN statistics.
Source: NAM News Network