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Sudan, UN confirm Oct. 27peace talk

Posted by African Press International on September 7, 2007

Dakar (Senegal) Sudan and the United Nations (UNO) have Thursday signed in Khartoum a new joint statement while Bank Ki-Moon is on a visit to the country to reassert mutual commitments to restore peace in Darfur, as peace talks are billed to resume in Libya, on October 27, APA learns from sources close to the UN.

Ban Ki-Moon announced that the AU Chairman, Alpha Omar Konare, and himself had decided that the negotiations on Sudan should begin in Libya, next October 27, under the auspices of the UN and the AU, the sources said.

In the document adopted in Khartoum, Sudan commits itself to fully implement the global peace agreement while further reiterating its commitment to protect civilians and hold national fair elections in Sudan in 2009, including in the Darfur, and to entirely end hostilities in the western region and respect the ceasefire.

He also assured that his intention is to work with the humanitarian community according to the terms of the agreement already adopted to this end in March 2007, the sources disclosed.

The Sudanese government and the United Nations had signed another joint statement on March 28, 2007, in which Sudan had committed itself to support, protect and facilitate all humanitarian operations in the Darfur, through the rapid and full implementation of all the measures contained in the Moratorium on restrictions, drafted on July 3rd 2004.

The UN rejoiced that Sudan had reasserted its commitment to work with the United Nations and the African Union (AU) to facilitate the deployment of the AU-UN hybrid operation in the Darfur (MINUAD), particularly by granting lands for the building of facilities to host the operation and by facilitating other logistical requirements.

For its part, the UN pledges to contribute to the implementation of the comprehensive peace deal, through the disarmament and demobilization of combatants and the volunteer, safe and worthy return of the displaced people”, the source pointed out, adding that the UN “also commits, along with AU and the Sudanese governments cooperation, to deploy the MINUAD swiftly to support the consolidation of peace in Darfur”.

The UN also promises to contribute to the consolidation of long term peace and development in Sudan by upholding the sustainable development of natural resources, mainly water resources, and by finding solutions to issues relating to climatic change and the degradation of the environment”, the source added.

After he arrived in Sudan Tuesday, Ban Ki-Moon bemoaned during a press conference held in the presence of Prime Minister Lam Akol and President Omar El-Bashir, “the very hard conditions in which aid workers and security agents work so bravely”.

At the Al Salaam camp, I saw 45,000 displaced people living in the most desperate conditions. I was shocked and dismayed”.

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