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29.05.2012 Sudan

UNAMID / Follow-up Commission assess implementation of Darfur peace document

By United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)
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DOHA, Qatar, May 29, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The third meeting of the Implementation Follow-up Commission (IFC) was held on 28 May in Doha to consider the progress made so far in the provisions of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, and to address issues of concern.

The meeting took note of the achievements including the inauguration of the Darfur Regional Authority, the establishment of the Special Court and the commencement of the work of the Special Prosecutor, and the creation of the High Committee on Darfur chaired by the President of Sudan.

The members expressed concerns over the slow pace of the implementation process, mainly occasioned by delays in the disbursement of the funds and adequate provisions of required logistics to the Darfur Regional Authority, and the ongoing fighting between the non-signatories and the Government of Sudan, as these will negatively impact the peace process in Darfur.

The forum discussed progress in the implementation of the ceasefire and final security arrangements, and expressed hope that with completion of the initial verification of forces exercise, the parties will quickly agree on the sequencing of the next steps in the full and timely implementation of a permanent ceasefire and security arrangements.

The IFC meeting was chaired by Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Qatar, and attended by the Government of Sudan, the Liberation and Justice Movement, representatives of Burkina Faso, Canada, Chad, China, Egypt, France, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, the United States, the African Union, the League of Arab States, the European Union, the Organization of Islamic Conference, and the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur.

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