Disarmament of the Janjaweed Militia


NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR ORAL REPLY

QUESTION NO 8

QUESTION TIME: 08 SEPTEMBER 2004 - QUESTION STANDING OVER FROM
18 AUGUST 2004


MR O BAPELA (ANC) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

(1) Whether, in the light of developments in Darfur, the sending of ten members of the SA National Defence Force to Sudan and also her discussions with her counterpart in Sudan, the Government intends campaigning for the disarmament of the Janjaweed militia; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether, in her capacity as Chairperson of the AU Peace and Security Council, she will make a statement on the Sudanese government's commitment to peace in Darfur and the south of Sudan;

(3) whether the Government will participate in the reconstruction and integration of the Sudanese people as a whole; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details;

(4) Whether the Government will assist in preparing the Sudanese Peoples' Liberation Army (SPLA) for governance; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? N423E

REPLY:

(1) South Africa fully supports the African Union (AU) efforts in campaigning for the disarmament of the Janjaweed militia, as called for in the Humanitarian Cease-fire Agreement of the Conflict in Darfur, signed between the Government of Sudan and the two rebel movements in Darfur.

(2) The Chair of the AU Peace and Security Council does not make independent statements, but is guided by the Council in this regard. Therefor, the Chair of the Au Peace and Security Council is not likely to make unilateral statements on the Government of Sudan's commitment to peace, unless guided by the Council. South Africa chaired the Council during July 2004.

(3) Pursuant to a decision by the Maputo Summit of the AU in July 2003, a multi-
disciplinary delegation, consisting of experts from the African Union (led by South Africa) visited Sudan from 22 - 30 June 2004 to assess the situation on the ground for the purpose of the post-conflict reconstruction process of the country. A follow-up ministerial visit is being planned to further advance the reconstruction efforts.

(4) The South African Government has agreed to assist the SPLM, in partnership with UNISA and other relevant institutions, in training and preparing for governance. The objective is to build capacity among the Southern Sudanese leadership that will be responsible for governing and service-delivery to the people of Southern Sudan during the six-year transition period. In May 2004, a situational assessment visit to Southern Sudan was undertaken.

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