From: Biniam Tekle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Feb 23 2010 - 08:30:20 EST
QUARTET SUMMIT TO OPEN IN DOHA TUESDAY
NAM NEWS NETWORK Feb 23rd, 2010
DOHA, Feb 23 (NNN-SUNA) — A quartet summit is due to begin Tuesday in the
Qatari capital, Doha, involving the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa
Al-Thani, Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir, Chad’s President Idris Deby and
Eritrean President Assais Afwerki.
SUNA has learned that the summit will synchronize with a ceremony for the
signing of a peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the rebel
Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in Doha.
The summit will discuss ways of achieving peace in the region, welcoming the
steps for realizing peace in Darfur in western Sudan, the progress of
relations between Qatar, Sudan, Chad and Eritrea and other issues of mutual
President Al-Basher, who is already here, has meanwhile pointed out that
peace will prevail in Darfur before the coming elections in thecountry, and
that war in Darfur has gone forever.
Addressing the Sudanese community in Qatar here Monday, President Al-Bashir
addded that the expenses of war would instead be directed for realizing
development and rehabilitation in Darfur.
He said he and the accompanying Sudanese delegation came to Doha to witness
the final stage for signing the peace agreement with the JEM. He added that
it could now be said that peace was now realized in Darfur, and that only
the final touches remained for concluding the peace agreement.
President Al-Bashir stated that the agreement to be signed in Doha was
regarded as the first step for achieving a comprehensive peace, indicating
that several steps had been made for reaching peace in Darfur.
He lauded the role being done by the Qatari government and people in
boosting the peace process in Sudan, referring to the firm fraternal ties
between the Sudanese and Qatari peoples.
He especially praised the great efforts being exerted by Sheikh Hamad bin
Khalifa Al-Thani, for sponsoring and hosting the negotiations for reaching
peace in Darfur.
President Al-Bashir also expressed his gratitude to Chadian President Deby,
and his courageous initiative to visit Khartoum and his sponsorship of the
signing of the framework agreement in N’djamena.
He added that relations between Sudan and Chad were now in their best
situation, adding that the bilateral relations would be better than at any
time. He said the border between the two neighbouring countries would be an
area of trade of commodities, services and benefits instead of a place of
President Al-Bashir also lauded the efforts by Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi, Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, Eritrean President Assais
Afwerki, and the international community in supporting the peace process in
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Sudanese community in Qatar, Abdul-Rahman
Bashir Al-Tahir, expressed their gratitude to the role of the Emir of Qatar
for realization of peace in Darfur.
He described the framework agreement which was reached by the government and
the JEM lately in N’djamena as a turning point for realizing a lasting and
permanent peace in Darfur.
Representative of the Association of Darfur Citizens in Doha, Abdul-Rahman
Hussein Dosa, affirmed their blessing to the framework agreement, and
described it as an important step on the right track. He called on all
parties to hurry to join the peace process.
He also expressed his strong appreciation of the normalization of the
relations between Sudan and Chad, and commended particularly the successful
role and the distinguished method of the Presidential Advisor and official
of Darfur file, Dr. Ghazi Salahuddin, in managing the issues. — NNN-SUNA
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