The people living in the Darfur camps for the displaced have welcomed the UN Security Council decision to extend the mandate of the UN-AU peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (Unamid) for another year.
Hussein Abu Sharati, the spokesman for the Darfur Displaced and Refugees Association, told Radio Dabanga from Kalma camp that the displaced and refugees welcome Resolution 2228, and call on the Security Council to strengthen the mandate of the peacekeepers, “so that they will be able to protect themselves and the people in Darfur in an effective manner”.
He repeated the “utter rejection” by the Darfuris of the government's demand that Unamid leaves the war-torn western region.
“The presence of Unamid is urgently needed, until a comprehensive peace is achieved in Darfur, and security and stability have been restored. The Unamid peacekeepers are then to be replaced by American or European protection troops.”