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Ongoing Salamat-Fellata talks in South Darfur

September 22 - 2015 BURAM
A conference addressing tribal conflicts in Nyala, South Darfur, in November 2013, organised by the Unamid (Hamid Abdulsalam/Unamid)
A conference addressing tribal conflicts in Nyala, South Darfur, in November 2013, organised by the Unamid (Hamid Abdulsalam/Unamid)

Delegations of the Fellata and Salamat tribes have been deliberating about their reconciliation in Buram in South Darfur since Saturday. The main discussion covers the causes of the tribal fighting and how to resolve them.

One of the most important agreements in the reconciliation is the cessation of hostilities, which was already signed by the Fellata and Salamat on 7 September. The tribal conference is attended by Commissioners of South Darfur localities and the native administrator of the Habaniya tribe from the same area.

Fellata chief Yousif El Samani told Radio Dabanga on Monday that the tribes “entered into dialogue about the causes [of the fighting] and how to resolve them”. He pointed out that the ties between the two tribes are improving.

Mousa Bashir, the Chief of the Salamat in South Darfur, praised the efforts exerted by the state in order to “turn the page of disagreement between the parties”.

He told Radio Dabanga that the native administrations of both tribes are determined to reach peace with good intent.

After the signing of the document on 7 September, the tribes committed themselves to the ten items, including a complete cessation of hostilities in word and deed. Also included is the immediate notification of all parties in the event of infringements of the cessation.

The tribal conflict has claimed the lives of hundreds of people in Tullus and Buram localities. 54 people were reportedly killed and 29 wounded from both sides in clashes in Buram’s Asalya and Anadif areas on 13 and 14 August. Intervening government forces managed to end most of the fighting in other places.

Before that, clashes between the Fellata and Salamat tribes took place at the end of March in Dimsu and El Ferdous localities, adjacent to Buram. More than 67 people from both sides were killed, in addition to many more wounded. The state authorities then also sent military buffer forces to prevent more clashes.


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