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Minister of Defence Affirms Armed Forces Readiness to Implement Security Arrangements 

Khartoum, Sep. 5 (SUNA) – The Minister of Defence, Gen. Yassin Ibrahim, has affirmed the Armed Forces’ readiness to work with all concerned authorities to implement the tasks of the security arrangements, and to achieve mechanisms for merging forces in accordance with what was stated in the Juba Peace Agreement document.

In the Workshop on Technical Consultations to Reactivate Support of the Permanent Ceasefire Committee, which was organized by the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) Sunday at Al-Salam Hotel, the minister said that the Armed Forces will work in coordination with the UN mission and that they will accept advice from all concerned parties.

He stressed that the Armed Forces is fully prepared to deploy all over the country in order to implement the peace agreement.

He stated that the recent events in some areas in North Darfur State are isolated events, indicating that the shortage in financial resources has hindered the implementation of the security arrangements protocols.

The minister expressed his hope that the workshop would come out with recommendations that will contribute to the peaceful transition of power and to achieve the goals of the transitional period.

Meanwhile, the head of the UNITAMS, Volker Perthes, described the events that took place in the areas of Geneina and Zalinge as referring that the fragile security situation in Darfur which requires more efforts for achieving stability, expressing his hope that the deployment of the joint forces will be completed there as soon as possible.

He said that he will submit a report to the UN Security Council in New York and will inform it on all the situations in the Darfur states and the work of the UNITAMS mission, noting that his mission is working in coordination with all concerned parties to achieve stability, protect the civilians, and to involve all parties of the Sudanese people, especially women, to play their active role in keeping security and stability.

The head of the joint forces, Gen. Suleiman Sandal, said that holding the workshop means that the security protocols process has begun.

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Source: SUNA

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