AU urges Sudan to disarm armed militia, movements
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU PSC) has urged the government of Sudan to urgently implement its disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme, in order to disarm all armed militia, movements and civilians.
The council’s push came at its 691st meeting held on 12 June 2017 at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, where it adopted a decision on the situation in Darfur, Sudan, and the activities of the AU-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).
In the council’s communique issued on Wednesday, the AU PSC expressed its deep concern over the widespread proliferation of weapons among internally displaced persons (IDPs),
The communique noted the significant decrease of hostilities between the government of Sudan and rebel forces, as well as the declaration by the government, the Sudan Liberation Army/Mini Minawi (SLA-MM) and Justice and Equality Movement/Gibril (JEM/Gibril) of unilateral ceasefires.
The council commended the steps taken by the government and the Darfur State Authorities toward the creation of a safe and secure environment, and further applauded progress made to secure the Chad-Sudan border, as a result of the political commitment of the two countries and the work of the joint border monitoring force established in 2010.
The council noted with concern that, in spite of the improvement of the security situation in the past months, a total of 2.7 million people are displaced, of whom 2.1 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, and that 300,000 Sudanese refugees are located in neighbouring Chad.
In this regard, the council appealed to AU member states and the international community at large, to continue to extend their support to the population in need in Darfur.
It strongly condemned the recent incursion of armed groups into Darfur and remains concerned over alleged claims of use of neighbouring countries as launching grounds for such acts.
The council further called on the Government of National Unity and the rebel movements to pursue the path of direct political talks, for a durable solution to the Darfur conflict.
The council further decided to extend, for a further period of 12 months, the mandate of UNAMID as defined in the previous communiqué.