NEW YORK, APRIL 4 – There can be no solution to Darfur problems without inclusive, conciliatory action led by the Sudan government. Italy will continue to do its part, helping the government at the bilateral level as well as through programs of the EU and the UN. “But there are other areas where the Government is called upon to act without delay: inter-community conflicts; banditry; human rights violations, including gender-based violence and military use of schools; impunity and lack of accountability; attacks on internally-displaced persons, such as recent episodes at the Sorotony Camp in northern Darfur”, the Italian Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Inigo Lambertini said today during a session of the Security Council on the situation in Darfur.
“Italy condemns these crimes”, Lambertini said: “There can be no solution to the problems that foment instability in Darfur without an inclusive, conciliatory, constant action led by the Sudanese Government”.
According to the Italian Representative, the situation in Darfur is changing rapidly and unevenly. Nevertheless the analysis of Italy remains clear, hinging on the three crucial aspects of the political-security dimension; the root causes of instability in Darfur, starting with the humanitarian and human rights situations; and the strategic review and the exit strategy of UNAMID.
“In the past year the Sudanese government has demonstrated its wish to find a political solution to the Darfur question, as attested to by the unilateral cease-fire and the pardoning of more than 250 rebels. This is further confirmed by Khartoum’s signing of the Roadmap and the willingness it has shown so far to negotiate with the non-signatory parties their association with the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD)”. Despite the commendable mediation efforts of President Thabo Mbeki, the Head of the AUHIP – which Italy supports – the non-signatory groups continue to delay. “We renew our invitation to SLA-Abdul Wahid to abandon military means and to join the political process. And we renew our call to SLA-Minni Minnawi, JEM and SPLM-N to sign the Roadmap”, said Lambertini, stressing that “the time has come to assess the credibility of those who claim support for peace on the basis of their broad commitment to the pacification of Darfur through peaceful means and for achieving a political solution“.
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