UN peacekeeping chief meets with Governor of North Darfur State

1 Dec 2008

UN peacekeeping chief meets with Governor of North Darfur State

9 October 2008 The Governor of North Darfur State, Osman Mohamad Yusuf Kibir, reiterated his Government’s commitment to all agreements concluded with UNAMID, the African Union - United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, adding that his State Government has provided the latter with all possible facilities to enable it carry out its mission. “Channels of cooperation with UNAMID will remain wide open” he told Alain Leroy, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping operations who paid him a courtesy visit.

Kibir stressed the continued need for joint cooperation as a basic requirement for achieving peace as the target goal and renewed his Government’s commitment to the decisions reached by the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN), Government of Sudan (GoS), Tripartite Committee during its first meeting, held in Khartoum on 07 October.

The Governor asked UNAMID to help the State and its localities, to the largest extent possible, in developing the area, particularly for the renovation of runways and airport terminals, in addition to other services and needs that may be required in the future.

Kibir said that he was he pleased to UNAMID starting to establish itself, taking its place in Darfur and becoming part of the local communities in the region.

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations affirmed, for his part, the organization’s commitment to the measures taken by the AU, UN, GoS, Tripartite Committee as to the improvement of airports and runways, noting that the UNAMID works for all the people of Darfur, in order to achieve peace and security in the region.

Mr. Le Roy, who arrived in El Fasher yesterday, on a familiarization visit to Darfur and to see UNAMID performance on the ground, held a number of meetings with the Mission’s leadership during which he was briefed on the political, military and police activities of UNAMID.