Darfur People Conference Achieves its Goals
A four-day conference for the people of Darfur held under the auspices of the Presidency, attended by a considerable number of Darfuris from the five states of Darfur, wrapped up its activities.
At a press conference following the conference, the President of Darfur Regional Authority Dr. Al-Tijani Al-Sisi said the conference achieved its goals by agreement on supreme interests based on the necessity for realizing peace in Darfur and ending all forms of fighting. He added that the conference set a conducive ground for Darfur-Darfur Dialogue to be held under the auspice of Qatar, AU and UNAMID. He said the participants underlined the necessity for renouncing violence and stopping fighting. Sisi added that the Authority will seek to form mechanisms for communication with armed forces that have not joined peace. He said that restoring social fabric for Darfur is top priority for the Authority at next stage; emphasizing restoring security is a great concern for the Authority, adding that work is ongoing to resolve the crisis, especially after the entering of some of armed movements South Sudan and attacked many regions.
The conference recommended the implementation of security arrangements, renouncing violence, preparing climate for reconciliation among tribes, forming a popular mechanism for persuading the armed forces to join Doha Agreement; in addition to caring about the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees and speeding up the finalization of major projects in the region, and reconstruction and good preparation for donor conference in Doha scheduled for late this year. The recommendations also included achieving comprehensive justice, revival of Darfur good values, promotion of peace culture, acknowledging the role of native administration and exalting the values of production and work. The Darfur Regional Authority announced it would start to form popular mechanisms to follow up implementation of the recommendations of conference on peace for the people of Darfur, pointing out mechanisms would be announced immediately after finishing consultations within the Authority.
Darfur MPs forum
Following the conference, Darfur 104 MPs held a forum, which was addressed by the Speaker of National Legislative Council, Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Tahir, who said the Darfur conference would be a new beginning for the people of Darfur, affirming that the region has seen foreign targeting over the past period, pointing out that the Doha Agreement contains solutions to all problems of Darfur, calling the people of Darfur to stick to the items of the agreement.
Many papers were presented including a work paper on the legislative and monitoring role to translate the Doha agreement into actions and coordination among MPs in favor of the goals of the document in addition to a great deal of papers presented by a number of Darfur MPs. The forum stressed that security and stability are key to bringing about development. The forum stressed the need for coordination between national and state legislative bodies on one hand, and the Darfur Authority, on the other.
By Hana Abdul Hai, 20/07/2012