The United States expresses its gratitude to the Government of Qatar for its extraordinary efforts to bring peace to the troubled region of Darfur. For more than two years, the Government of Qatar has generously hosted African Union/United Nations-sponsored talks between the Government of Sudan and armed rebel movements. The United States appreciates the hard work and important contributions of the former AU/UN Joint Chief Mediator Djibril Bassolé during this process. We are also particularly grateful for the contributions of Qatari Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Bin Abdallah Al Mahmoud.
We welcome the agreement concluded today between the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) and the Government of Sudan. This agreement is a positive step forward on the road toward a lasting solution to the crisis in Darfur. We will continue to press those armed movements which refuse to participate in the peace negotiations – particularly the Sudan Liberation Army factions of Abdel Wahid Al Nur and Minni Minawi – to engage fully in the peace process. The United States urges the Government of Sudan to affirm its openness to additional international negotiations so that a comprehensive peace agreement can be reached with all armed movements.
The conflict in Darfur has inflicted a severe toll on the Darfuri people. The United States continues to advocate peaceful negotiations and political compromise among all parties in order to achieve a durable, just, inclusive, and comprehensive solution to the Darfur crisis.