The US Administration has called for close cooperation among the Sudanese government, the United Nations, and native administrations in Darfur to reach a negotiated lasting peace.
In a press release Tuesday, the US embassy in Khartoum said the “U.S. Defence Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Jörn Pung and Regional Security Officer (RSO) Corynn Stratton visited North and Central Darfur states, April 9-13, 2017, to gain deeper insights and better understanding about Darfur”.
The delegation “met with local, military, and political leaders within the Government of Sudan, Sudanese Armed Forces, and the African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID),” according to the release.
“Their discussions provided an opportunity for the U.S. Embassy officers to learn, hear, and understand from various leaders about their priorities, challenges, and successes.”
The press release highlighted that the US officials “came away with a clearer understanding from many leaders about the essential need for safety and security for all men, women, and children in Darfur”, stressing the “establishment of rule of law will require successful disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration process for former combatants”.
“The United States encourages close cooperation among the Government of Sudan, United Nations, and native administrations to find a negotiated lasting peace for the region, and to abet, arrest, and prosecute criminality and gun violence, overcome challenges of tribalism, land reform, and resource management,” it added.
Darfur has recently witnessed a number of visits by Western diplomats from the European Union, France and the United Kingdom. The newly appointed head of Darfur hybrid mission (UNAMID) Jeremiah N. Mamabolo earlier this month told the UN Security Council that security situation in the western Sudan region has changed and the fighting has by far diminished.