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31 Aug 2010 description
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Twelve-year-old Sedigah saw her mother, Ashadom, for the first time in eight years when she woke up from an eye operation at a hospital in Mornei, West Darfur.

"Mother, I see your face, is it real or am I dreaming?" the young girl exclaimed, hugging Ashadom and beginning to cry.

Blinded at age four from an illness, Sedigah had now regained sight in one of her eyes.

07 Oct 2009 description
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UNMIS HQ, Khartoum

Opening Remarks

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen of the media.

I thank you for making the time to come to this briefing, and I thank my colleagues at UNMIS for all the good work of organizing it.

I arrived in Sudan one month ago and have had the opportunity-over the past few weeks-to visit UNHCR operations in the East, in Darfur and in Southern Sudan.

Whilst we count on the Government of National Unity and the Government of South Sudan to make every effort towards reconciliation and recovery, the international community has a key role to play in supporting …

05 Feb 2008 description
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CPA parties still face major challenges

Although th recent resolution of a stand-off between the parties to Sudan's Comprehensive Peace  Agreement (CPA) was a positive development, the two sides still faced major challenges in implementing the accord, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's latest UNMIS report.

Commending Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and First Vice-President Salva Kiir for resolving their differences through dialogue, the report said the CPA would only stay on track if the two sides implemented their mutually agreed decisions as …

06 Nov 2007 description
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"The Door Remains Open to those who Wished to Join Sirte Talks", Spokesman for the UN-AU Mediation Says

In a press conference held yesterday at UN headquarters in New York, spokesman for the United Nations-African Union mediation team Ahmad Fawzi told the press that the first phase of the Darfur peace talks had successfully begun, and while the absence of several factional leaders was disappointing, the door remained open to those who wished to join the talks.

"They are the beneficiaries of this process, and they owe it to their people to come up with a unified …

09 Sep 2007 description
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Statement Attributable to the Secretary-General for the United Nations on the Darfur Political Process

Below is the full text of the statement attributable to the UN Secretary-General issued today 9 September in Tripoli, Libya

"In accordance with the 8 June 2007 Roadmap for the Darfur Political Process, and on the advice of the AU and UN Special Envoys for Darfur, the Secretary-General, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission have agreed to convene renewed peace negotiations for Darfur on 27 October 2007.

08 Aug 2007 description
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UN Special Envoy Jan Eliasson visits Sudan

UN Secretary- General's Special Envoy for Darfur Jan Eliasson arrived on 6 August in Sudan from Arusha, Tanzania, for a five-day visit to the country, including the three capitals of Darfur States.

20 Jun 2007 description
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Below is a near verbatim transcript of the press conference held by United Nations Mission in Sudan Spokesperson, Ms. Radhia Achouri, on 20 June 2007 at the UNMIS Press Briefing Room.

UNMIS ACTIVITIES

CPA related activities

On 16 June, Acting SRSG Zerihoun met with the State Minister to the Presidency, Idris AbdelGadir. The discussion focused on a proposal to hold high-level consultations between UNMIS and the Government of National Unity to make UNMIS assistance to CPA implementation more focused and effective.

26 Apr 2007 description
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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees visits West Darfur, announces upgrading of UNHCR presence in the State

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres visited West Darfur on 24 April, where he met with, in El Geneina, the local authorities and discussed with them UNHCR's future role in the region. In a press release issued on 24 April, UNHCR said that Mr. Guterres announced that the Sudanese government had agreed to an expansion of UN refugee agency work in West Darfur. Some 2 million people have been displaced by the violence in Darfur.

05 Apr 2007 description
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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator stresses regional aspect of humanitarian problems affecting Sudan, Chad, and the Central African Republic, calls for national political solutions through mediation and dialogue

Briefing the UN Security Council yesterday on his mission to the Sudan, Chad and the Central African Republic during the month of March 2007, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that he had been struck by the complexity of the conflicts in each of the three countries he had visited.

28 Mar 2007 description
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UNSG Special Envoy for Darfur Jan Eliasson travel to Chad

Following the series of meetings he held jointly with AU Special Envoy Salim Ahmed Salim in Khartoum and South Darfur, UNSG Special Envoy for Darfur Jan Eliasson left today to N'Djamena, where he met with the Chadian Prime Minister and senior officials from the Chadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also expected to meet with leaders of DPA nonsignatories groups in Chad, in the framework of the consultations he is jointly undertaking with AU Special Envoy Dr.

21 Mar 2007 description
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UN Secretary-General: Sudan must accept Darfur peacekeepers

In an interview with VOA on 19 March the UN Secretary-General, Ban ki-Moon said that Sudan must accept a strong international peacekeeping force in Darfur region.

"It was regrettable that President Bashir has made several reservations to my proposals to deploy a heavy support package and the hybrid peacekeeping operations," he said. "This proposal was done in close coordination with the African Union, in accordance with the Addis Ababa and Abuja agreements."

The three-phase Addis Ababa deal calls for …

04 Feb 2007 description
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The UN Security Council to hold a series of consultations on Sudan, Chad and the Central African Republic during the month of February

In his briefing to the press on 2 February on the programme of work of the UN Security Council during the month of February, held at the UN Headquarter in New York, UN Security Council President for the current month, the Solvakian Ambassador to the UN, indicated that the UNSC will hold consultations on Sudan on 6 February and will hear in this context a briefing from UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon on his observations on his trip to Addis Ababa for the …

25 Jan 2007 description
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with GNU delegation in New York

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met on 23 January at UN Headquirters in New York with a delegation of the Government of National Unity of Sudan headed by Mutrif Siddig, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan.

17 Jan 2007 description
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"We must step up action to confront the tragedy of Darfur"- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon says

In his address yesterday at the US Center for Strategic Studies in Washington D.C, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, currently in an official visit to the United States, outlined his key priorities in office, citing the Darfur crisis in Sudan as a "story of broken hope" and the focus of his first overseas trip, which will be to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, later this month for the African Union Summit.

"The human toll of the ongoing crisis is unacceptable" and …

15 Apr 2006 description
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Press Release No: . 022/06

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Sudan, Mr. Jan Pronk, is deeply concerned about increased violence in Chad.

He is particularly concerned about the threats by the Government of Chad to expel about 200,000 refugees from Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

He calls upon the Government of Chad to abide by its international obligations to secure the full protection and well-being of all refugees on its territories.

05 Jan 2006 description
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Transcript of Press Conference by SRSG Pronk

Mr. George Somerwill (Acting Spokesperson): Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen; thank you very much for joining us. On behalf of UNMIS, I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year, and all the best for 2006, and we are very fortunate this afternoon to have been joined by the SRSG Mr. Pronk, who has a number of issues he wants to speak to you about, so without any further to do, let me hand the chair over to Mr. Pronk.

SRSG Mr. Pronk: Thank you.

21 Dec 2005 description
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Following is a near-verbatim transcript of today's weekly briefing (12:30PM) by Radhia Achouri, Spokesperson for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan:

01 Nov 2004 description
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Executive Summary

1. There are an estimated 1.65 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Darfur region, with 403,000 in North Darfur, 595,000 in South Darfur, and 652,000 in West Darfur. Together with the IDPs, an affected host community population of 627,000 make up the 2,279,266 total number of conflict-affected persons. An additional number, as yet unknown and undoubtedly significant, who are neither IDPs nor part of the host community of residents, have been affected by the conflict.

01 Sep 2004 description
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Executive Summary

Almost one and a half million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are estimated in the western Sudan region of Darfur with 437,597 in North Darfur, 410,966 in South Darfur, and 601,127 in West Darfur. In addition to IDPs, an affected host community of residents (390,282) is accounted for as part of the 1,839,972 total number of conflict-affected population. An additional significant number of the population, who are neither IDPs nor part of the host community of residents have been affected by the conflict.