Sudan welcomes U.N.’s report on arms collection in Darfur

Sudan has welcomed a United Nations report which highlighted that the government’s arms collection plan in Darfur led to improved security in the region.

The Sudanese government launched the campaign on 7 August 2017 to collect unlicensed arms and vehicles in the region.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the recent regular report of the UN Secretary-General on Darfur which included affirmation of stability of conditions in Darfur,” Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

The statement said the arms collection plan conducted by the government in the region has led to stability and enhanced peace and security.

It also reiterated the government’s willingness to continue cooperating and coordinating with the UN – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

It further stressed the importance of joint work to support the peace-building, development and rehabilitation operations in the region.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a recent report to the UN Security Council that he was optimistic over the result of the arms collection campaign launched by the Sudanese government.

He said the steps taken towards the disarmament of armed militias were promising and should continue in accordance with the provisions of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur.