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Articles and Analysies Last Updated: Oct 27, 2009 - 9:33:43 PM

Darfur-Darfur Dialogue Will Not be Held Hostage by Hostile Armed Factions", Says Dr. Omar Adam
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"Darfur-Darfur Dialogue Will Not be Held Hostage by Hostile Armed Factions", Says Dr. Omar Adam
 
By:   Al Sammani Awadallah
 Implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement signed in May 2006 has been faltering at some stage but has steadily picked up pace since the announcement of the Darfur Transitional Authority and ironing out major details of power and wealth sharing and security arrangements. With the preparatory committee already formed, efforts are now underway to hold the Darfur-Darfur dialogue. Member of both the government delegation to the Abuja talks and group in charge of assessing development requirements, DPA implementation chamber rapporteur, Dr. Omar Adam Rahma gives an informative interview on the obstacle to DPA implementation and efforts made to overcome these issues.
 
Q: Dr. Omar, lets talk about progress on implementation of the DPA and whether what has been achieved can be considered encouraging to those parties which have not yet joined the peace process?    
 
A:   First we ask the assistance of Almighty God in bringing this agreement to its desired conclusion and we hope that the coming phase will proceed at a steadier and quicker pace. The last few days have witnessed major developments with regard to power sharing through various political appointments which include a state minister at the ministerial council, a former minister and a state ( Khartoum) minister who is satisfactorily carrying out his duties. It is also commonly known that 12 members from various movements have joined the national assembly as stipulated by the agreement in addition to several state level ministerial appointments. The highly competent Dr. Ibrahim Madibu has been appointed head of the resettlement and rehabilitation committee and should carry out his duties to the satisfaction of Darfurians and all Sudanese alike. A land Commissioner and head of the redevelopment and reconstruction fund have also been appointed to affect redevelopment over the coming ten years as stated within the agreement. What I would also like to point out is that many positive aspects particularly in the interrelations between movements on a level not seen before and this is vital for accelerating the peace process. What remains then is development and restoration of social ties and relations to end the state of hostility and divisiveness both through Darfurian-Darfurian dialogue and implementation of wealth sharing clauses within the DPA. The devil is in the details as they say but I'm truly optimistic that the coming phase will witness major developments with regard to achieving stability and security and re-patching the social fabric and fulfillment of the aspirations of Darfuris.
 
Q: Dr. Omar, we see some delay in the implementation of vital security arrangements, what is the fate of the committees which have been formed bring about integration of the different movements?
 
A: I agree that there is some delay with regard to implementation of security arrangements agreements which is the true measure of security as felt by the people of Darfur. It is unfortunate that not much has been done in this regard. But in all fairness, if we refer to the Abuja agreement we see that the time frame for implementation of security arrangement is substantially delayed and I think that if these arrangements are carried out in the coming phase it will be substantially ahead of the of the time frame included in the agreement. Preparations for the integration process have been carried out early on and a detailed document was prepared and submitted to the security arrangement committee. Further details relating to locations, lists and other preparations remain to be executed on the parts of the movements to be able to bring about security through joint integrated forces. This process is vital for encouraging resettlement and voluntary return and the coming phase will witness progress on these issues similar to that achieved with regard to power sharing.
 
Q: Again Dr. Omar, we view the issue of Darfurian-Darfurian dialogue as being closely connected to the issue of security. Will the Darfur-Darfur dialogue conference be postponed in view of the delay in implementation of security arrangements?
 
A: I would like to affirm that Darfur-Darfur dialogue cannot take place simultaneously with what has come to be termed (the crackling of gunfire). This dialogue requires a minimum set of circumstances the least of which is an end to hostilities. We seek to hold this dialogue in a healthy environment failing which the dialogue itself can be used as a tool to put an end to the fighting. I would like to draw attention to the fact that the issue of fighting is not totally within our control, there are certain aspects that are largely dependent on the armed factions. This does not mean that we will not wait but of course we will not allow fighting factions without a well-defined agenda to hold the dialogue hostage.  
 
Q: Does this mean then that the dialogue will be held irrespective of continued fighting?
 
A: Again it does not that we will not wait but we cannot postpone the dialogue indefinitely because of factions without a concrete agenda. It should be noted that there are some elements who seek destabilization. I do not want to say that all those taking up arms will have their finger on the trigger to the very last moment but the dialogue may also be perceived as a means of addressing the grievances which led to hostilities in the first place. Darfurian-Darfurian dialogue is a process that must start from the grassroots. We must start with local communities and work our way up the state level. We will spare neither efforts nor time and will convene with the dialogue whenever circumstances are conducive. The process should be followed by reconciliatory and informatory campaigns to build up on what has been achieved at the grassroots level.
 
 
Q: This leads us to the political process sponsored by the United Nations and African Union. What has been achieved in that regard?
 
A: Great emphasis has been placed on the dialogue process since the very signing of the agreement as the best means of thoroughly addressing all issues which naturally cannot all be done through an agreement. Such issues include tribal reconciliation, the relationship between farmers and grazers, the relationship between citizens and the various government organs particularly the security aspects. The state cannot secure every square inch of the country without some degree of cooperation on the part of society. When all those concerned sit down and talk freely through a transparent conference. In my estimation agreements solve about 15 to 20% of issues and the remaining 80% can only be solved through this type of grassroots meeting. The issue of equitable representation on the federal and state levels and civil service has been addressed by the agreement. The issue of education was addressed by providing Darfurian students with free education in all government universities for a period of 5 years as well as requiring at least a 50% quota of indigenous Darfurians in all Darfur universities. There are varying opinions with regard to nature of the Darfurian problems; whether it is strictly social, political, and economic or a combination of each of these factors. In my opinion, the problem is intricately tied to Darfurian geography, demographic makeup and resource distribution. This then calls for dialogue with open minds and penetrating thought. We need further dialogue that takes into consideration and makes use of what has been achieved through the 26 month of negotiations which led to the Abuja peace agreement. The Abugasim group discussed and resolved the issue of reparations in the Tripoli meeting as an instance of successfully resolving issue outside the DPA. Abuja opponents should unify their agenda as opposed to a new declaration of principles.
 
Q: Is it to be understood then that Abuja opponents do not have a definite agenda for discussion and resolution?
 
A: Yes. They lack a well defined agenda and I see no justification for a new declaration of principles because the Darfur issue is precisely that which we discussed 3 years ago when a declaration of principles was made which described by all as superior to that of Naivasha and led to a peace agreement with greater specificity and clarity by making use of the experience gained through the CPA. It does not make sense to (reinvent the wheel) with a new declaration of principles Those who see a deficiency within the DPA should point it out but it is completely irrational to call for a new declaration of principles particularly when those who are calling for it are the same parties who pushed for the earlier 15/7/2005 declaration.
 
 
Q: Dr. Omar, let me ask you about the arrangements that have been put in place to receive refugees returning form neighbouring countries both on the part of the government or the transitional Darfur authority?       
 
A: As a matter of fact Ibrahim Madibu was appointed yesterday as head of the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Committee which is the committee concerned with the with all the arrangements involved with resettlement. There was work done in the past in this regard prior to the DPA as it's the State's responsibility to guarantee the wellbeing of its citizens. Now it is a shared responsibility between the State, the committee and the international community. A lot of communities have shown interesting in returning and those people should be assisted through a joint effort to provide them with basic necessities such as water, educational and health facilities, shelter and transportation.
 
Q: Do you expect the international community to live it to its pledge to assist with this process taking into consideration its failure to deliver thus far on the promises made in Naivasha?
 
A: As a member of the Joint Assessment Mission I can testify to the fact that the international community provided major assistance with regard to the assessment of development needs in Darfur which we insisted on carrying out in spite of the security situation. Work is now underway to prepare the final document to be presented to the donors' conference in the Netherlands. The question now arises as to why a specific date has not yet been set for the conference. In my estimation I see no justification for the delay especially that the final document is now being prepared having completed assessment of needs in various aspects including agriculture, industry and basic infrastructure. Arguing that lack of security in Darfur is the reason for postponing the donor conference is rather unconvincing. Therefore we cannot say that the international community has not provided assistance or will provide only meager assistance although we did have a disappointing experience with Naivasha. We hope that the international community will in fact make a reasonable contribution in helping to implement the development projects needed in Darfur.
Sudanvisiondaily.com
 
 
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* Our experience with the international community has been largely disappointing
* Instability in Darfur does not justify postponement of The Hague Conference
* The international community should contribute in helping to implement the development projects in Darfur          

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  • The Polemics of Politics of Transitions in Sudan By John G Nyuot Yoh*
  • SPLM: A Party that Deserves Building not Ruining By James Okuk
  • The Paradox of Political Transformation by SPLM Standards. By; Baraj Ayuen
  • Fanatic Islamic Iran & Exploitive Transnational Capitalism are the Most harmful Sources of insecurity in the World
  • A PRAYER IN EACH CORNER by MOHAMMAD ALI SALIH
  • Movement erosion Bneha .... Conflict adults ousts Emin Tela t by Shol Goba
  • Northern Sudanese and Bashirs Call for Jihad Time for Southerners to Think Aloud Lily A. Akol
  • Sudanese & American Friends March for Peace and Reconciliation By Jimmy Mulla
  • The Dilemma of The SPLM: Is it justified? By: Ngino Nikako
  • The 4th General Congress of the Justice & Equality Movement (JEM) By Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • If Sudan Want Peace it has to Prepare for War? * By James Okuk
  • Yet Another Africans Challenge: Liability No. 21 the IQ By Dr. Mohamed N. Bushara*
  • When will Darfur mediators learn (2) By Suliman A Giddo*
  • Bravo to Mr. Salva Kiir for Rejecting the US Proposal By James Okuk Solomon
  • Female Circumcision Negligence and Abuse By Dr. Amal Ahmed Elbasheir.
  • U.S Should Upgrade the SPLA if it is willing to Help Southern Sudan *By James Okuk Solomon
  • Where Sudan Is Booming By Alexis Okeowo
  • When Will Darfur Mediators Learn? By Suliman A. Giddo*
  • Mob Emotions Is Anti-Democratic Transformation By James Okuk Solomon
  • Check with Improper Balance: SPLM Risky Politics of Partnership By James Okuk Solomon
  • Another way to break Abie deadlock by Dr. S.M.Eldebailo
  • The SPLM & Protecting the CPA: Guarding Against the Cynical Obstructionism of NCP Parek Maduot
  • Do Ministers belong to the Party or to the Government? *By James Okuk
  • Habib Bank v Central Bank of Sudan Ismat Abdel Gadir - LL.B
  • DRIVING FAST TO EXPLODE IN THE ABYSS! By Comarde Edward Lino
  • Shilluk Communities vs Shilluk International Congress (SIC) By: Kimo Ajing Aba
  • FASTING RAMADAN IN A MONASTERY: Mohammad Ali Salih
  • It is Darfur Again and the Misery Goes On By E. Ablorh-Odjidja
  • SLM request to delay Libya talks by Tag Elkhazin,
  • THE HONOURABLE WISE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD/Ali Mahmoud Hassanein
  • Will the united Sudan remain attractive for all under the NCP regime?! By Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • The Value of Peace in Sudan: From Ki-Moon to International Wisemen By James Okuk Solomon
  • South Sudan Egyptians relations / John Lawrence Morbe Joseph
  • Will the Failed Abuja Diplomacy Be Repeated in Libya? By Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • Why a reality check is needed on Darfur by Anne Bartlett
  • United, Cairo's poor and poorer get heard
  • A Message from Ajik (Ajang) Union in North American To: Commander and Comrade Daniel Kodi by Fadul H.Haimad
  • What Happened To Gen. Kiir First Vice Presidency Position? / by Isaiah Abraham
  • Eritrea in the Sudan's president's office, By: Mohamed Osman Ibrahim
  • UN Ban Ki-Moon and his Drought Thesis of Darfur Conflict By: Abdullahi Osman El-Tom, Ph.D.
  • UN Secretary General: Mission Impossible By Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • Old Habits Die Hard: The National Congress Party is Back to Its Outmoded TacticsBy: Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • Greatest Marginalization of All Time/Isam Siddig
  • Darfur: A Little Less Talk, A Little More Action by Anne Bartlett
  • Muslims eye America by MOHAMMAD ALI SALIH
  • General Elections in Sudan by the Year 2009: A Fact or a Fiction?/By Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • Alsalkeen Charitable Organization General Secretary. /By Al Sammani Awadallah
  • Cons and Cues About The Sudanese Forthcoming General Election/Isaiah Abraham
  • Animals rights are also rights/Isaiah Abraham
  • SPLM Official Counters the Recent Remarks of the NCP Official over Abyie and Darfour Translated by MAJOK NIKODEMO AROU
  • The Arab Congregation and the Ideology of Genocide in Darfur, Sudan By: Abdullahi Osman El-Tom, Ph.D.
  • Catholics Led to Hell/Written by Daniel Deng Monyde,
  • Keep away from Darfour, Mustafa Osman Ismail, warns the SPLM Translated by Majok Nikodemo Arou
  • Abyei Protocol. by Mayen. D. Ater
  • Darfur Actors and the absence of Road Maps By Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman
  • Judiciary Reshuffle Ineptly Calculated by Daniel Deng Monyde
  • Stop the Genocide and give the security then peace will come/Hamed Mohamedain Omer
  • THE AMERICANS AND ME (2): ISLAM Mohammad Ali Salih, Washington, Asharq Alawsat
  • Unwanted in Israel By Sherine Tadros at the Egyptian-Israeli border
  • ISSUES that Rose From the Sudanese Ambassador Press Conference By Jwothab Amum Ajak
  • Al Bashir Slams on Campaigners against Sudan, Reviews Political Developments By: Al Sammani Awadallah
  • Was Dr. John Garang Assassinated?/Daniel Deng Monyde,
  • What had happened in Darfur?/Mahmoud E. Yousif
  • Abie conflict The Inferno of Nivasha or the Paradise of Peace by Dr. S.M.Eldebailo
  • TEXT- Conclusions of AU-UN, Sudan on the Hybrid Operations
  • Alfashir is nearer than Kampala: JEM/NRF Commends New SPLM Stance on Darfur/By: Abdullahi Osman El-Tom
  • COMSARY by SALMAN OMER MAHMOUD
  • Sudan: The Politics of Naming - Genocide, Civil War, Insurgency/Prof. Mahmood Mamdani
  • US to Sanction Dr. Khalil Ibrahim! A Statement/Gammali Hasan Galal Eldin
  • Can Darfur Survive the CPA?/Abdullahi El-Tom and Mahmoud Abbaker Suleiman
  • GOD OR AMERICA: WHO IS FIRST? 8 DIFFERENT OPINIONS/Mohammad Ali Salih, Washington, Asharq Alawsat
  • It would be Unwise to think that a United Sudan Properly Functions within the Main Frameworks of the Phenomenon of Eastern African Development./Urban T. Kir
  • Darfur Crisis: Mediation Failure (2)/Ahmed M. Mohamedain
  • Government of Sudan and Darfur crisis/Musa Yakub Daoud
  • President Bush "Hurts" for Darfur Darfur Is Safer than US Urban Cities/Ali Baghdadi
  • Our Vision on the prospect of peace to end the Darfur tragedy/By Dr. M.A.Suleiman
  • Lies, Damned Lies and the Darfur Crisis by Anne Bartlett is a Director of the Darfur Centre for Human Rights and Development
  • International Media Ignore Sudanese Voices /AfricaFocus (Washington, DC)
  • Sudanese cyber rally forces website to remove controversial ad by Wasil Ali
  • why war in abyaii by bakhit mohd humaidan
  • Al Salikeen Earmarks 1.2 Billion Pounds for Service Schemes by Al Sammani Awadallah
  • A CALL TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN/By James Ogilo Agor Agokwech-Rochester, MN USA
  • Will the Quartet Summit Contradict with the UN, AU Role in Darfur By: Al Sammani Awadallah
  • Sudan Vision Carries Out a Survey on Pros and Cons of Humanitarian Aid in Sudan By: Al-Sammani Awadallah
  • Al Khatim Adlans legacy of wisdom and vision/ahmed elzobier
  • WHEN THEY BEG FOR UNITY by Mack Awer Riak
  • The Genocide Glitterati by Anne Bartlett
  • Darfur-Darfur Dialogue Will Not be Held Hostage by Hostile Armed Factions", Says Dr. Omar Adam
  • A brighter future for the Nuba Mountains/by Nuba Mountains Democratic Forum/Nour Tawir
  • A brighter future for the Nuba Mountains by Nuba_Mountains Democratic Forum by Samie A Djudo
  • RIFT KAKUMA HITS BY VALLEY FEVER. By;Mabior Mayom Mayom
  • How Dr. Garang wanted Abyei to be? (1) /By Akol Miyen Kuol
  • A brighter future for the Nuba Mountains by Nuba Mountains Democratic Forum
  • The Doomsday Cult/Ahmed Sam, human rights activist.
  • China must emulate AU wisdom in Sudan by Simon Roughneen for ISN
  • An article introducing our country Sudan by Maha esmeal ahmed esmeal
  • It is a time for all Peace forces to take action By : Matur Aciek
  • Kiir stood to his pledge of no reverse gear/ BY MAJOK NIKODEMO AROU
  • IT IS TIME FOR THE SPLA TO ESTABLISH ITS OWN AIR FORCE/Maker Costa
  • Unwitting Party to Genocide By Stephen Rademaker
  • SPLA, STANDS STRONG AND PROUD!/By Hakim Makuer Gol
  • January 9th- a Day of Peace and Full Independence/By Dr. Mawien Akot
  • Muslim cadet clear on identity/YVETTE CABRERA
  • 2008 General Elections: What Are The Scenarios Awaiting Us?/Maker Costa-Syracuse New York
  • s NCP is planning to rig elections at census level/By Sabrino Majok Majok*
  • Criticism to the Global War Against International Terrorism, (G-WAIT) by Tarig M. M. K. Anter
  • The Swindles of Modern Liberal Democracy by Tarig M. M. K. Anter
  • Peaceful Conflict Resolution & the War on Terror The cases of Sudan and Iraq by Tarig M. M. K. Anter
  • The Jinjaweed Leader By : kuku kadia
  • UA-GSC Sudan Resolution Passes/By Marie Y. Thibault
  • All About Darfur: Is Sudan in a culture of war? By Virginie Wembey
  • AU Recommends Six Month Extension for its Mission By: Al Sammani Awadallah / IOL
  • No South/North border and ABC: CPA is dead.By Sabrino Majok Majok*
  • Darfur destruction is Sudans al-Bashirs Shame/By Sabrino Majok Majok*
  • Relationship Between Economic Mismanagement & Social Instability by Eng. Tarig M.M.K. Anter
  • Fake Modern Religions Are Fighting Faith by Tarig M. M. K. Anter
  • The Ideological Structure of The Conservative Professional Nationalist Party & System by Eng. Tarig M.M.K. Anter,
  • 'Lost Boys of Sudan' By: Kristin Boyd , Staff Writer
  • Sudan's al-Bashir and Palace are imperfect Match By Sabrino Majok Majok
  • Frank Wolf: Divest from Sudan By U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10)
  • Sudanese Native Relates Horrors of His Childhood/By Konstantin Shishkin
  • General Congress of JEM Asserts Creation of a political Party/Professor Mahmoud Abakar Sulaiman
  • Darfur-Darfur Dialogue and the Litany of AU Deceit in Darfur/Dr. Abdullahi Osman El-Tom
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  • Reign of Corruption and political stagnation By Andrew Bak
  • Current American Planning Strategies vs. Planning Strategies of the 50s/By: Adil Bala (PhD)*
  • Free Will, JEM Peace Wing Sign Political and Military Protocol By Al-Sammani Awadallah
  • Only Favourable Humanitarian and Security Conditions are Needed in Darfur By: Al Sammani Awadalla
  • A call to Abolish Sharia Law in South Sudan: GOSS must take a Lead
  • Race and colour consciousness art or is it ... Religions? Hatim Elmadani
  • Who are Landless People in Sudan? Mack Awer -Cairo
  • Darfur: Diplomacy and its Discontents by Anne Bartlett
  • Why Egypt won't press Sudan: the Nile By Dan Murphy | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
  • Pathological Delusions by Ahmed Elzobier
  • NIF is determined to kill CPA By Sabrino Majok Majok
  • Darfur - Solution Must Come From Africans By Mohammed Eisa Ismail
  • The responsibility to protect Darfur By William G. O'Neill
  • Sudanese go tech savvy By Cheryl Lecesse
  • Sorrow in Sudan By Vivian Ho