AL endorses Sudan's peace efforts in Darfur
Published: Sep 11, 2009 08:20 AM Updated: May 25, 2011 12:59 PM

The Arab Ministerial Committee on Sudan Thursday welcomed the peace efforts by Sudanese government and rebel groups in the restive region of Darfur and rejected any attempt to endanger the unity of Sudan.

The pan-Arab committee was "satisfied" with the report of the UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which indicates a steady improvement of the situation in the region, said a statement issued after its meeting at the Arab League (AL) headquarters on the sidelines of the 132nd meeting of Arab foreign ministers.

The committee said it would continue its efforts with the Sudanese government to resolve the Darfur crisis and expressed appreciation for the efforts undertaken by Doha in order to resume the peace negotiations between the rebel movements of Darfur and the Sudanese government to reach a final and comprehensive agreement.

The committee also urged all armed movements in Darfur to respond to the regional and international efforts to resume the peace process and attain the peaceful coexistence.

For his part, Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti said his country appreciated the Arabs' contribution to the upgrade of infrastructure in Darfur to help alleviate the sufferings refugees.

"Arab efforts started to participate in enhancing the humanitarian conditions in Sudanese villages, by participating in infrastructure projects, digging wells, building hospitals the healthcare centers and establishing schools ... This helps displaced citizens to return to their villages and settle in their places," Karti said.

The conflict in Darfur ignited in 2003 when ethnic rebels took up arms against Sudanese forces. The war has left around 300,000 dead and 2.7 million displaced, according to UN figures. Khartoum insisted that only 10,000 died in the conflict.

Qatar is now the prime mediator between Sudanese government and rebel groups in Darfur, but Egypt, which houses the AL, also showed increasing interest in the peacemaking of its neighbor in the recent months.

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