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Qatar to host first meeting for Darfur fund BoD on Monday

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September 21, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Qatari capital of Doha will host on Monday the first meeting of the board of directors (BoD) of Darfur Rehabilitation and Development Fund (DRDF) and the sixth meeting of the committee for follow up of implementation of Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).

The UNAMID chief and joint mediator, Mohamed Ibn Chambas (displayed at the screen), delivers his opening remarks to the participants of the International Donors Conference for Reconstruction and Development in Darfur, in Ritz Hotel in Doha on 7 April 2013. (Photo Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNAMID)

The Qatari deputy prime minister and state minister for the council of ministers affairs, Ahmed bin Abdalla Al-Mahmoud will participate in both meetings.

The chairman of Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), Tijani Al-Sissi, told Ashorooq TV that the DRDF board of directors meeting will be chaired by Qatar, saying that the United Kingdom (UK), Germany, Turkey, European Union (EU), China and Sudan will participate in the meeting.

He pointed that the conference will urge the donor countries to fulfill their commitments towards Darfur, saying that some donor countries which he did not mention have already done so.

Sissi predicted that the meeting will form a technical secretariat in Khartoum.

The Darfuri figure also said that sixth meeting of the committee for follow up of implementation of the DDPD will discuss reports from the DRA, Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM), and the Sudanese government.

He further pointed to the progress being made in the implementation of the DDPD, acknowledging that tribal conflicts represent serious threat to peace and development in the region.

The DPPD which the government signed in mid-July last year with the rebel Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) is facing difficulties on multiple fronts of its implementation, mainly regarding allocation of financial resources and integration of former rebel fighters into the army.

The DRA was created as part of the DPPD, with the LJM’s leader Tijani al-Sissi its chairman.

Most of Darfur’s rebel groups still continue to oppose the DPPD, namely the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and two factions of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM).

(ST)

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