Sudan's disarmament panel targets 35,000 fighters for demobilisation

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Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's Disarmament and Demobilisation Commission (DDR-North Sudan) said it had earmarked 35,900 combatants from various parts of Sudan to be disarmed, demobilised and re-integrated in 2010, compared to 19,300 fighters it disarmed in 2009.

According to a news dispatch from the Sudanese government Tuesday, the DDR-North Sudan said the targeted number of its demobilization projects and registration in Southern Kordofan is 15,500, against 300 in Blue Nile and 2000 in Abyei.

The Commission is targeting 5,000 in the central sector, 2000 in the Eastern States, 4,699 in Darfur states and 1860 from Eastern Front, in addition to the 1500 from the demobilized combatants of the armed movements.

The DDR-North Sudan noted in its plan for 2010 that some 6,559 out of this number was carried over from last year.

The Commission said it aimed at re-integrating 19,860 combatants in its projects for the integration of combatants of the armed forces, the popular defense, the Eastern Front and the armed movements in Darfur in area s of Southern Kordofan, Blue Nile, Abyei, Darfur, Eastern Sudan and the central and eastern states.

The commission said the total budget for the implementation of the programme is 109,031,555 Sudanese pounds, and that some 79,527, 000 pounds are to be provided by the international community while 29,504,555 pounds constitutes the local component from the Government of Sudan.

The money includes budget for the demobilization, registration and re-integration of combatants, Commissioner of the DDR-North Sudan, Dr. Sufaladdin Salih, said, adding that the commission would work to complete what it started on disarmament and demobilization in this year.

He stressed the importance of this programme as one of the ambitious programmes that support the peace process and stability in Sudan, pointing out that 100% of the work carried out during 2009 was implemented by national organizations.

The commission said its work is based on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement as we ll as the conventions on the East and the Abuja peace accord, in addition to presidential decisions on disarmament and reintegration.

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