The Darfur Peace Initiative has been a key focus for DPDO since 2009. Through advocacy, guidance, and recommendations on rebel unification and engagement of the civil society, DPDO staff contributed at the highest levels to facilitate ownership of the peace process.
Despite continuous efforts by the many stakeholders in the international community, rebel unification was a major challenge; the differences remained acute among the armed movements with competing ethnic and leadership alliances. DPDO worked with the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, American University, and Siena University in Italy to bring together eighteen leaders from seven rebel factions for a consultation workshop. The attendees concluded their gathering with an endorsement of sixteen provisions and a commitment to continue their collaboration.
Working with the office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan, DPDO continued rebel unification and civil society engagement through meetings in Addis Ababa, Tripoli, and Chad, where nine rebel factions formed a Technical Committee to host a unification conference in Darfur. Those efforts became the cornerstone for a gathering in Doha, Qatar in March 2010.
Suliman Giddo and Omer Ismail have made 28 international trips to Ethiopia, Chad, Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Tanzania, Italy, and Doha to meet with movement leaders and civil society representatives, including youth and women. The goal was to form a coherent negotiating platform.
DPDO believes that a better relationship between Chad and Sudan is crucial to ending the Darfur conflict. DPDO staff have been promoting this among the international community and, at the end of 2009, the effort extended by the US government facilitated a relationship that we believe is a huge step toward sustainable peace in Darfur.
For many years, DPDO has been advocating that conflicting parties consider IDPs and refugees living in under very difficult conditions, and to look for ways to include their voices in resolving the conflict.
In 2009, DPDO successfully promoted better environments for negotiation, including all Darfuri stakeholders to create an inclusive and sustainable peace.
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