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OIC attends meeting of Follow-up Commission of Doha Document for Peace in Darfur

Jeddah (IINA) � The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in its capacity as a member of the Implementation and Follow-up Commission (IFC) of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD), participated in the 12th meeting of the IFC held in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum last Monday.

The meeting was presided over by Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed Bin Abdallah Al-Mahmoud, chairman of the IFC, in the attendance of all the Commission members and key partners of Sudan. The participants reviewed the outstanding challenges in the implementation of the DDPD and the progress made since the IFC last meeting, also held in Khartoum on 9 May 2016.

In his remarks to the meeting read out by Ambassador Yahaya Lawal, OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen praised two of Darfur’s movements that have recently joined the peace process and emphasized that the DDPD remains the only viable roadmap for reaching comprehensive, peaceful and just settlement to restore durable peace, security and sustainable development in the region. Therefore, he appealed to the remaining armed groups that are yet to join the peace process, to do so immediately.

Dr. Al-Othaimeen welcomed the outcome of 2016 Sudan National Dialogue Conference and the partial lifting of the US sanctions imposed on Sudan, noting that the OIC had made contributions to the lifting of the embargo. He also expressed the hope that these positive developments will further enhance the implementation of the DDPD and the peace process.

As part of the OIC’s commitment to the long-term development of the region, Al-Othaimeen said the General Secretariat, as mandated by the CFM, will convene a conference of the parties contributing to the Darfur Development Bank, in order to accelerate the establishment of the bank.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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