Nearly 2500 ex-combatants from the decades-long civil war in southern
Ashraf Qazi, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for
Addressing the National Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Coordination Council (NDDRCC) in
Noting that the demobilisations that have been carried out so far occurred in Blue Nile state, he added that the Government of Southern Sudan, working in coordination with the UN, has agreed to a concept of operations for the demobilization of up to 35 000 individuals due to begin in early June 2009 in Juba, the capital of the region, the UN News Service adds.
Qazi, who heads the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), also emphasized the need for adequate and timely funding for what he called “one the most complex and largest DDR operations of its kind in the world.”
The UN budget committee in
He expressed deep appreciation of pledges made by donors at the DDR Roundtable Conference held in
However, he stressed, the programme was still facing a shortfall, with assistance to 35 000 special needs ex-combatants and 30 000 others requiring some $135 million in total.