1. The present report is submitted pursuant to the statement by the President of the Security Council of 9 February 2011 (S/PRST/2011/3), in which the Council requested that I provide a report by the end of February 2011 on issues related to the Darfur political process, including an assessment of the enabling environment. I rely on the Council’s understanding for the late issuance of the report, which is due to the ongoing discussion among stakeholders on the way forward and its impact on the peace process in Darfur.
2. The present report provides an overview of the background to the Darfur political process, the status of the negotiations taking place in Doha towards an inclusive and comprehensive peace agreement, the role of the Darfur political process in bringing peace to Darfur, the enabling environment for the process and my observations and recommendations on the way forward.