EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, July 6, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- UNAMID Media Brief / 05 July 2012
More than 7,000 reached as Doha Document dissemination concludes in North Darfur
The dissemination of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) concluded today in North Darfur with the 57th and final workshop. In total, the exercises have brought the Document to the attention of more than 7,000 participants in 18 localities in North Darfur.
Today's event, held at El Fasher University, was attended by approximately 100 participants drawn from native administrations, religious and community leaders, youth and women's groups, political parties, and academics.
“North Darfur was the first State to commence the dissemination of the DDPD and led the way when the exercise was launched on 18 January 2012,” said Mr. Hassan Gibril, the head of the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur's (UNAMID) office in North Darfur, who addressed the audience on behalf of UNAMID Joint Special Representative Ibrahim Gambari.
Mr. Gibril said that the reports JSR Gambari has received have been “very encouraging in terms of the large numbers of ordinary Darfurians flocking to the dissemination workshops,” and that the people “have expressed a strong wave of enthusiastic support for any constructive initiative that would assure decisive peace, stability and sustainable socioeconomic recovery.”
Similar exercises, which are being held throughout Darfur's additional four states, will have reached more than 25,000 Dafuris by the time they are completed.
The forums, which provide participants with the opportunity to read and discuss the agreement, are organized by the Civil Society Follow-up Mechanism, an instrument supported logistically and technically
by the Mission, and created to liaise with the civil society organizations on the Doha peace process.
The DDPD dissemination exercises follow UNAMID's mandate in supporting the peace process in Darfur.