Demobilization in Eastern Sudan Enters its Last Phase
Khartoum, 31 July 2009: Demobilization of 767 ex-combatants under the second phase of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme in Eastern Sudan was officially launched yesterday in Gedaref.
The official ceremony was attended by senior governmental officials, representatives of the Eastern Sudan DDR Commission, Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), Popular Defense Forces (PDF), British Embassy officials and UN officials. The DDR process is part of the 2006 Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement (ESPA) that ended a decade-long conflict between the Government of Sudan and the Eastern Front. After Red Sea State and Kassala State, Gedaref is the last state in Eastern Sudan to start with the DDR process. Already 3.680 ex-combatants in Red Sea State and Kassala State have been demobilized and are now preparing for their Reintegration Process.
DDR process is well on its way in Eastern Sudan with support from the
governments of the three eastern Sudan states, donors and UNDP. ",
said Eastern Sudan DDR Commissioner, Abdelrahman Baleid. “The Government,
working closely together with UNDP and the international community, is
advancing the peace process in Eastern Sudan”, he added.
hundreds of ex-combatants who attended the event, Dr. Rosalind Marsden,
the British Ambassador to Sudan said: “The DDR component of the
Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement is crucial to promoting stability and peace
throughout the region by putting former combatants back into civilian
clothes and giving them the dignity that comes with having a new livelihood.
Earlier this week in Port Sudan and Kassala I had the pleasure of meeting
former combatants from the Eastern Front who were now working in a variety
of civilian jobs running their small businesses or working as small livestock
herders. All were now earning their own income and felt proud to be contributing
positively to the society they live in.”
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