Rebel group signs Qatar-backed Darfur peace plan

 24 Jan 2017 - 0:49

Rebel group signs Qatar-backed Darfur peace plan
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud speaking during the signing ceremony in Doha, yesterday.

QNA & Anadolu Agency

The Sudanese government signed yesterday an agreement with Sudan Liberation Movement -Second Revolution (SLM-SR) , in accordance with the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur.

Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud  attended the signing in Doha, along with Assistant to the President of Sudan Musa Mohamed Ahmed and Jeremiah Kingsley Mamabolo, who is the Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).

The agreement was signed by SLM-SR leader Abu Al Qasim Imam and Sudanese Vice-President Amin Hassan Omar. In 2007, Imam split from the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) led by Abdel Wahid Al Nur and signed a peace deal in Libyan capital Tripoli with the Sudanese government. His group took up arms against Khartoum in 2010, after accusing the government of violating the terms.

The Doha Document was first signed in mid-2011 by Khartoum and the Liberation and Justice Movement, a Darfurian rebel group. The deal, however, was not signed at the time by Darfur’s two other leading rebel movements, the SLM and the Justice and Equality Movement.

Al Mahmoud gave a speech to mark the occasion and conveyed the greetings of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The Minister added that the Emir was following with interest the developments of peace in Darfur and is hoping for sustainability and development of the region as well as all of Sudan.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that the Doha Document for peace has crowned the efforts of all parties committed to the interests of the people of Darfur. The document also became the basis of ending the struggle and initiating a rebuilding and development process in Darfur. He  praised the example set by Liberation and Justice Movement back then, when it signed the document and choose the road of peace, to help the people of Darfur achieve stability and development.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that SLM-SR led by Abu Al Qasim Imam Haj has signed an initial agreement on the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur in N'Djamena of Chad Republic, noting that the final agreement is to be signed in the ceremony.

Al Mahmoud said that it confirms the movement's courage and determination to establish peace and start a new beginning of stability and development for the people of Darfur.  "The movement deserves to be thanked for participating in the national dialogue that took place recently in Sudan in addition to the Darfur peace agreement, which confirms the movements commitment to achieve peace."

The mediation followed certain principles in its quest to achieve peace in Darfur saying, that the aim of the agreement is to include everyone, providing stability and well being to the people of Darfur.

Al Mahmoud said the Doha Document was ratified by the people and supported by the regional and international community covers an all around just solution for the cause of the conflict and is a result of the hard work of all the partners with close discussion of the people of Darfur, who are the most important element.

People in Darfur have started getting benefits of peace: Deputy Premier

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud stressed that the Doha Document for Peace is the context for peace in the region and so cannot be renegotiated. He maintained that it can enriched by signing protocols that develop the document's implementation mechanisms. 

The Deputy Prime Minister noted that the people of Darfur started feeling the outcomes of peace following years of struggle after the signing of the document. He stressed the importance of providing a suitable environment for the people of Darfur to start returning to their homes voluntarily. 

The Deputy Prime Minister also stressed that the developmental projects agreed upon during the donors conference in Doha must be implemented to enable the people of the region to rebuild their economy. He added that this was especially important now after the US eased some of the economic sanctions on Sudan. 

Al Mahmoud added that work continues to end all tribal disputes in order to revert Darfur to the peaceful area it used to do. He renewed the invitation for all movements who are yet to sign the document to do so in response to the demands of the people and UN Security Resolutions. 

In concluding his remarks, the Deputy Prime Minister thanked everyone who made today's signing possible. He extended his thanks in particular to President of Chad Idriss Deby, President of Sudan Omar Al Bashir, the SLA and UNAMID. He also extended his thanks to former head of UNAMID Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi for his role, as well as the current one Mamabolo.