U.S. is ‘fully supporting’ implementation of Doha agreement
Dean Smith, the United States Senior Advisor for Darfur, confirmed his country is fully supporting the Doha peace agreement as the ‘basis for peace’ in Darfur. He said this after meeting Tijani Sisi, the president of the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA) in Khartoum on Thursday.
Smith argued that it is important for the U.S. to stay committed to the implementation of the ‘Doha document’. He said the U.S. plans to put efforts into ensuring the commitment of other stakeholders as well. He explained that the most important reason for the slow implementation of the agreement is the lack of financial resources.
Smith hopes this issue will be resolved as stakeholders and parties (re) commit themselves financially to the implementation of the Doha agreement. The Doha agreement was signed in July 2011 between the government of Sudan and the Liberation and Justice Movement.
The Sudanese Minister of Reconstruction and Development, Taj Al-Din Bashir Nyam, said on Thursday the commitment of stakeholders is also needed to let the ‘Darfur people conference’ take place this month. The conference will be held for internally displaced people and refugees of Darfur to discuss the voluntary return to their villages.
Leaders of different refugee camps already refused the invitation for the conference. They argue the conference is against international law that protects refugees and argue there is no guarantee for security in Darfur.
Taj El-Din announced an international donor conference in the first week of December 2012 to find support for the recommitment to the Doha agreement and ‘peace in Sudan in general’.