Darfur seeing declining violence, but most displaced yet to return

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While Darfur region in Sudan is seeing decline in violence as most armed groups in the region has been defeated, but nearly a third of its population remains displaced, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official has told the Security Council.

Anxiety about security and lack of confidence about present and future prospects are causing slow return of those who were displaced, said Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations.

To further peace and stability in the region, UNAMID and the UN country team have finalized an integrated strategic framework for 2017-2019. It seek to support rule of law and human rights, durable solutions, and peacebuilding for human security in the region.

The Doha Document for Peace in Darfur signed in 2011 has been a major reason for subsiding violence.

The deal signed between the government and Liberation and Justice Movement has tried addressing causes of the decades long conflict, including land, displacement and relationships with nomadic herders.

The government has started forced collection of weapons under the agreement.

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