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    Yien

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    Greeting to all Gaat boor char

    Post  Yien on Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:05 pm

    Japan grants $17 million for disarmament programme
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    January 9, 2009 (KHARTOUM) — The Japanese government will provide a $17 million grant to a U.N. Development Programme (UNDP)-backed disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme in Sudan, it was announced today.

    Japan’s contribution will go towards the $385 million needed to reintegrate some 180,000 ex-combatants into civilian life. Last October, Italy donated $4 million to the initiative.

    The grant was signed in Khartoum by Japanese Ambassador to Sudan, Yuichi Ishii, and Ameerah Haq, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator, and UNDP Resident Representative.

    "The Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration programme will ensure the fundamentals of peace and stability in Sudan, and pave the way to sustainable development across the country,” said Ambassador Ishii.

    Showing commitment to Sudan’s DDR programme, the Government of Italy has also contributed €3 million (about $4.1 million) in October 2008.

    Ameerah Haq, who serves as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative and UNDP Resident Representative, called on donors to follow the lead of Japan and Italy.

    "I also urge our partners from the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan, as the leaders and owners of the DDR process, to ensure that state offices are staffed and operational as soon as possible so that the DDR programme becomes effectively nationally-owned and led."

    The UNDP will support the North Sudan DDR Commission and Southern Sudan DDR Commission to set up state offices, equip and train staff at the state level and develop management information systems and monitor as well as evaluation frameworks. The funds will also be used to provide economic reintegration opportunities for ex-combatants, including a significant number of women associated with armed forces and groups as well as disabled ex-combatants.

    The North Sudan DDR Commissioner Sulafeldeen Salih thanked Japan for leading the donor community with this contribution. He reiterated government determination to implement a DDR programme saying it "would allow us not only to collect weapons but to help fighters turn themselves into civilians."

    While the Southern Sudan DDR Commissioner William Deng Deng hailed the Japanese grant saying that "DDR is a bridge to peace and development" and this contribution will boost this process and will also support the peace deal implementation.

    The DDR programme formed a key part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended the longest civil war in Africa.

    It will be operationally managed by the North Sudan and Southern Sudan DDR Commissions with technical and logistical support from UNDP under the overall coordination and oversight of UNMIS.

    Gluke

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    Re: Greeting to all Gaat boor char

    Post  Gluke on Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:03 pm

    I am fully against this move, in term of safety of civilians. Like situation in Darfur many more will lost their lives for that such an action, they (UNDP/Sudan) failed to protects the lives that has already been in danger since war broke in 2003 and now are trying to created another one. If Goss say yes on this agreement then the so-call CPA is infact, in jeopardy otherwise. Where are the target areas? Does those include Murle, Nuer, and some Dinka whose have some weapon? Or do they focuse on Darfur?

    To me this is a foreigners interest base on this Quote: Said, "I also urge our partners from the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan, as the leaders and owners of the DDR process, to ensure that state offices are staffed and operational as soon as possible so that the DDR programme becomes effectively nationally-owned and led." What is this? What are they try to do here?


    When Dr. Machar was in Waat, I spoke with a numbers of people when I heard the same claim of disarmament that it will take place. I assure them that it would be better if will do it in right way, at this time around. By trying to discuse all the aspect and bring all communities as much as they can together, in order to reduce the the harm of civilians.

    Now if it come from Japanse, then chances are there where the Gov't of Sudan will carying out its interest toward South,

    Finally, I am encourage everyone to find out more about this, to contact anyone whom you know to discuse safety of our people.

    Best regards
    Luke Chuol Reat

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