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Statement Summary Issued from the Meeting of Envoys of the Five Permanent Members of the UN Security Council and the European Union to Sudan


Joint Communique
Scott Gration
Special Envoy to Sudan, Secretary of State
Doha, Qatar
May 27, 2009

   
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SUMMARY:

Following their meeting in Doha on 27 May, E6 Envoys highlighted the following key points of the agreement:

E6 Envoys collectively reiterated their strong support for the AU/UN-led political process for Darfur and the sustained commitment by Joint Chief Mediator Bassole and the State of Qatar to find an enduring resolution to the problems of Darfur.  They expressed their sincere appreciation to the State of Qatar for convening this first meeting of P5 plus EU Envoys and for the efforts of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, aimed at reaching a peaceful solution to the problem.

E6 Envoys recognized the negative impact on the Darfur political process of the current escalation of tension between Sudan and Chad, recalled the 3 May Agreement, regretted that it was breached, and called on the Governments of both countries to exercise restraint.

E6 Envoys welcomed the resumption of talks between the GoS and JEM to complete the 17 February Agreement signed in Doha.  They jointly urged both parties to demonstrate their commitment to [a] peaceful future for the people of Darfur by showing maximum flexibility to resolve current areas of disagreement.  They particularly underlined the need for continued efforts to address humanitarian needs in Darfur and other parts of Sudan.

E6 Envoys noted that resolving Darfur's complex issues would involve input from all sectors of Darfuri society and reiterated their calls for all parties to urgently accept the invitation extended by the mediators and engage in an inclusive and comprehensive peace process.

E6 Envoys unanimously recognized the necessity to rapidly move towards a Cessation of Hostilities and final agreement for Darfur.  Taking into account the timetable set out in the CPA they jointly expressed concern that the stability of Sudan and the region could be undermined by the continued lack of a final settlement for Darfur.  They reiterated their commitment to facilitate the process in any way possible and agreed to meet as necessary in support of this.

FULL TEXT:

The envoys of the five permanent members of the Security Council and the envoy of the European Union to Sudan, met in Doha on May 27, 2009, to conduct political consultations concerning the political process taking place in Doha to resolve the Darfur problem, and to discuss appropriate means of providing new impetus to peace talks aimed at finding a settlement of the issue.

The meeting was held with the participation of H.E. Mr. Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, Mr. Djibrill Bassole, the AU/UN Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, and their Excellencies the Special Representative of the Chinese Government for Darfur, Diplomatic Adviser to H.E. the French President for Africa, the Special Envoy of the President of the Russian Federation to Sudan, the Special Representative of the United Kingdom for Sudan, the Special Envoy of the U.S. President for Sudan, in addition to the EU Special Representative for Sudan.

E6 Envoys welcome the initiative  to convene this meeting as an important contribution to mobilize the international community's support for the Doha peace process aimed at finding a just and lasting solution to the issue.

E6 Envoys welcome the efforts that have been continuously made, during the past several months, by the State of Qatar and the Joint Chief Mediator in order to reach a negotiated political solution to the conflict in Darfur.  They affirm their full support for the political process in Doha which is accorded a wide-scale regional and international support and confirm their attachment to Doha as the venue of the Darfur peace talks.

E6 Envoys reaffirm their strong support for mediation, declare their readiness to consider means to strengthen and enhance it and reiterate to sustain their support until it achieves the desired goals.

E6 Envoys have commended the efforts undertaken by General Scott Gration, the Special Envoy of the U.S. President Barack Obama for Sudan, which on 6 May 2009, led to the reactivation of talks between the Government of National Unity and the Justice and Equality Movement.

E6 Envoys emphasize the critical importance of the completion of the peace plan drawn up by the mediation in line with the timetables to be determined by the mediation according to the requirements of the peace process.

E6 Envoys urge all parties concerned to participate constructively in the ongoing talks, to seize the opportunity offered by the Doha forum and to engage constructively in efforts to reach a just and lasting peace.

E6 Envoys also welcome the signing of the Goodwill and Confidence-Building Agreement, concluded between the Sudan Government of National Unity and the Justice and Equality Movement in Doha on 17 February 2009, considering it a momentous step forward along the path of peace process in Darfur and the whole Sudan likely to pave the way towards the rapid improvement of security and humanitarian situation in Darfur, restore confidence and put peace process back on track.

E6 Envoys call upon all parties to the conflict in Darfur to cease hostilities and engage in the ongoing peace process in Doha.

E6 Envoys call upon all parties to demonstrate their commitment to the serious search for a solution to the issue and put and end to the suffering of the people of Darfur.

E6 Envoys also call upon the international community and neighboring countries to support the peace process and to consolidate all the initiatives of mediation and other endeavors and integrate them in the broad framework of the Doha peace process.

E6 Envoys welcome the progress achieved by the talks between the Sudanese Government and the United Nations on Facilitation of Humanitarian Activities in Darfur and appreciate the efforts of the Special Envoy of U.S. President to Sudan in order to ensure the flow of humanitarian assistance to the recipients and the non-existent of any gap in this regard.

E6 Envoys reiterate their countries' willingness to play their full role in providing the necessary assistance for reconstruction and development in Darfur once a peace agreement is reached and to act towards a transition from humanitarian assistance to development cooperation.

E6 Envoys demand that aid for reconstruction and development be redirected to support durable peace and reconciliation among the people in Darfur and that the aid reaches all sectors of society in Darfur.

E6 Envoys support the Darfurian-Darfurian Dialogue (DDD) as an all-inclusive process in which all stakeholders are represented with a view to eliminating all the causes of fragmentation and division among groups in Darfur and building solid foundations for a common future of peace and harmony.

The envoys welcome the Doha Accord to normalize relations between Chad and Sudan, express their deep concern at the deteriorating security situation along the borders between the two countries and demand the parties to exercise restraint and act without delay to implement the steps agreed upon to ensure that security and stability prevail in the region.

E6 Envoys have expressed their appreciation of the efforts of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar aimed at reaching a peaceful solution to the problem.  They also have expressed appreciation of the efforts made by the State of Qatar to host this meeting.

Doha, 27 May, 2009.



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