Khartoum — The Head of the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Ibrahim Gambari, highlighted before the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday the progress implemented as part of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), underscoring the need for his mission to undertake activities that support development in Sudan’s western region.
“It is time for the task of peacekeeping to be complemented by initiatives that advanced peacebuilding and early recovery and development in Darfur,” Gambari, who also acts a joint chief mediator for Darfur, told representatives of the UNSC 15 members.
His report comes amid preparations by the UNSC to renew UNAMID mandate which is due to expire on 31 July.
Gambari commended the DDPD signatories, the Sudanese government and the former rebel Justice and Liberation Movement (LJM), for establishing the Darfur Regional Authority (DRA), saying it provided a “new and direct partner with which to advance our common goal of peace in Darfur”.
However, he pointed out that other provisions of the DDPD had fallen behind schedule, attributing this fact to the financial stresses that the Khartoum government is facing.
Gamabri also noted that the progress was fragile, warning it could be easily reversible “should we