DDR operations begin in Khartoum
KHARTOUM (Sudanow) – A new demobilization centre has been launched in Khartoum as part of the ongoing disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programme in the CPA areas of Sudan, on Wednesday, 03 November, a news release issued by the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said on Thursday .
Release said personnel jointly deployed by the UNMIS Integrated DDR Unit and the North Sudan DDR Commission (Sector Central), processed a total of 40 candidates on the first day of operations at the demobilization centre, located on the southern flank of the Sudanese capital.
The release said about 6,500 elements from the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Popular Defence Force (PDF) will be processed at the centre.
It pointed out that the operation in Khartoum falls under Phase One of the multi-year DDR programme, in which thousands of veterans of the North-South War are being discharged from the military and progressively reintegrated into civilian life as part of the January 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended the conflict .
The release pointed out that by 02 November 2010, some 31,600 combatants from the SAF, PDF and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA), including women who were associated in non-combat roles with these forces, had been demobilized across the CPA areas. Many of these ex-combatants have already advanced into the reintegration phase of the programme, which provides them with the training and skills needed to sustain a civilian livelihood.
Khartoum is the eighth centre down the line, since the launch of the first demobilization site in Ed Damazin, Blue Nile State on 10 February 2010. Since then, DDR candidates have been successfully demobilized in five other centers, including Kadugli, Julud, Juba, Rumbek and Aweil.
It explained that besides Khartoum, demobilization is currently underway in three more centers – Kaunda, Kadugli (Round 2) and Torit. Preparations are on course for yet another centre envisaged in Wau in the coming weeks.
The DDR programme is operationally managed by the North Sudan and South Sudan DDR Commissions, with technical and logistical support from the UNMIS and UNDP.