UN mission in Darfur ‘seriously concerned’ by escalating tensions between tribes

In August 2013, UNAMID provided logistical support by transporting representatives of Rezeigat and Ma’alia tribes to Al Tawisha, North Darfur, to participate in the signing of an agreement to cease hostilities in East Darfur. Photo: UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam

In August 2013, UNAMID provided logistical support by transporting representatives of Rezeigat and Ma’alia tribes to Al Tawisha, North Darfur, to participate in the signing of an agreement to cease hostilities in East Darfur. Photo: UNAMID/Hamid Abdulsalam

11 May 2015 – Following recent escalation in tensions between the Rezeigat and Ma’alia tribes, the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur today expressed serious concern about the possible implications and encouraged the leaders and members of both groups to exercise maximum restraint, engage in meaningful dialogue to resolve their dispute.

The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) released a media statement today, welcoming the deployment of additional troops by the Government of Sudan to create a buffer zone between the two tribes, as well as its ongoing efforts to de-escalate the tension.

The Mission called on the Government of Sudan to further intensify its efforts to avoid potential eruption of conflict. It also called on the tribes to refrain from all acts that would lead to violence and displacement.

For its part, the Mission would continue to protect affected civilians, the statement said, adding that UNAMID would also facilitate and support all efforts by the Government of Sudan, native administration, leaders of the two tribes and other stakeholders to de-escalate the tensions and achieve reconciliation between Ma’alia and Rezeigat.

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Below is UNAMID’s media statement:-

UNAMID calls for restraint over rising tensions between the Rezeigat and Ma’alia tribes

  El Fasher, 11 May 2015– The African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) expresses serious concern over the recent escalation of tensions between the Rezeigat and the Ma’alia tribes in East Darfur.

 UNAMID encourages the leaders and members of both tribes to exercise maximum restraint, engage in meaningful dialogue to resolve their dispute and refrain from all acts that would lead to violence and displacement.

 The Mission welcomes the deployment of additional troops by the Government of Sudan to create a buffer zone between the two tribes, as well as its ongoing efforts to de-escalate the tension. UNAMID calls on the Government to further intensify its efforts to avoid potential eruption of conflict.

 Meanwhile, the Mission shall continue to protect affected civilians, facilitate and support all efforts by the Government of Sudan, native administration, leaders of the two tribes and other stakeholders to de-escalate the tensions and achieve reconciliation between Ma’alia and Rezeigat in accordance with its mandate.