For Immediate Release
Sunday, October 26, 2008
DDDC Facilitates Consultations with Divergent Groups in North and South Darfur
KHARTOUM, SUDAN –
Divergent and conflicting Darfurian groups met today in El Fasher, North Darfur, and Al Daein, South Darfur, for consultations facilitated by the Darfur – Darfur Dialogue and Consultation (DDDC), an autonomous and non-politicized process owned and driven by Darfurians.
The groundbreaking El Fasher consultation brought together for the first time some 50 farmers, Arab pastoralist, intellectuals, women, artists, and other groups to peacefully and openly discuss and offer workable solutions to the root causes of the Darfur conflict.
In Al Daein, more than 60 tribal leaders, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), youth, and representatives from civil society groups and social and voluntary organizations embraced the unique opportunity to collectively and closely exam issues that have created conflict and divisions in Darfur.
During the North and South Darfur consultations, the broad range of participants voiced their opinions
regarding how to achieve sustainable peace in Darfur and
held spirited discussions that resulted in consensus around common ground issues, including
land and natural resources, security, identity, recovery and development, administration and democracy, and reconciliation.
Inclusivity and transparency are core DDDC principles.
collaboration with the University Center for Peace and Development Studies in El Fasher and Nyala and in coordination with the United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) Civil Affairs Department,
the DDDC is facilitating consultations throughout Darfur with
key groups underrepresented in the Darfur peace process.
By facilitating a broad and inclusive consultation process, the DDDC is helping Darfurians articulate and find solutions to the root causes of the conflict in Darfur.
Working closely with its partners and stakeholders, the DDDC will
feed Darfurian outcomes learned during consultations into the Darfur peace process.
Seeking peace and reconciliation through dialogue and mediation to resolve conflict within and between communities is a deeply rooted Darfurian tradition.
By engaging conflicting groups, restoring confidence, building trust, and promoting open and transparent dialogue to overcome grievances and agree on common grounds to achieve sustainable peace, the DDDC is a continuation of this tradition.
Contact: Joel Frushone,
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