SLM Statement on the Cancellation of the Civil Society Conference
The SLM strongly condemns the government of
(GoS) for its continuous crimes and harassment against the people of
. The SLM especially regrets that GoS has been able to silence independent voices in
and that it has successfully obstructed the participation of civil society representatives from
at â€śMandate Darfurâ€ť which was a civil society Conference initially scheduled to take place in
during the period 12th â€“ 16th May 2009. The SLM fully supports the involvement of independent civil society groups from
in the peace-making and peace-building process in the region. The SLM considers the role of civil society groups in
as second to none in its importance and that they are effective partners and moblizers of the masses.
The SLM wishes to express its solidarity and gratitude to the organisers of â€śMandate Darfurâ€ť the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for their excellent efforts, energy and resources allocated for the convening of this major event. We share their frustration and the dismay of civil society from
that such an important Civil Society Conference was cancelled by an insensitive government in
led by international criminal Omar Al Bashier despite the painstaking preparatory work conducted in this respect.
We hereby encourage the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to use its prestigious position as a disciplined and internationally renowned African institution to continue its endeavours for the cause of peace in
and the whole of our continent.
As well, we appeal to the African Union, the United Nations and the international community at large to pressurise the GoS to desist from obstructing the work of humanitarian organisations and in the delivery of life-saving material in
and also in the peace process. In that respect we call for full and unconditional implementation of all Resolutions passed by UN Security Council to end the conflict in
without delay. That is the only way for this government to come to its sense and constructively engage in the
peace process. This also will allow the war-affected people to rebuild their confidence on the international community.
Signed Abaker Mohamed Abuelbashar
SLM/A Representative to African
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