Darfur / Security situation is calm
EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, June 26, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.
The African Union Panel on Darfur has concluded its third mission to Darfur, says the UN-AU Mission there (UNAMID).
The Mission says that the Panel, chaired by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, conducted 10 days of public hearings on the conflict in order to determine ways to speed up the peace process and create conditions for justice and reconciliation.
The Mission says the Panel met with representatives of political parties, civil society, rebel movements, ethnic communities and groups of internally displaced persons in both Khartoum and half a dozen towns across Darfur.
Meanwhile, the UN-African Union chief mediator for Darfur, Djibril Bassolé, was in El Fasher for consultations with Henry Anyidoho, the Deputy Joint Special Representative of the UN-AU Mission in Darfur, and other senior officials. Bassolé briefed the Mission leadership on the Darfur peace process and the outcome of the Doha talks between the Government of Sudan and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). Bassolé also met with local officials, both native Darfuris and Arab, to hear their views and consider options going forward.
According to the Mission, the security situation is calm today across Darfur.
United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General