Grant Aid for Interim Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programme (IDDRP) for Sudan
November 9, 2005
- The Government of Japan has decided to extend a grant aid totaling 764 million yen for the Interim Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programme for Sudan (IDDRP) which will be carried out by the United Nations Development Programme and other organizations. Notes to this effect were exchanged on November 8 (Tue) in Khartoum between Mr. Yusuke Yamasaki, Japanese Charge d'Affaires ad interim, and Mr. Manuel Aranda DaSilva, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the Republic of Sudan.
- Sudan's civil war that lasted more than 20 years came to an end in January this year when the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was concluded. Because the prolonged civil war left many armed groups intact and the infrastructure weak, there still exist potential causes in instability.
In such a situation, the Government of Sudan and the UNDP have requested a conflict prevention and peace building grant aid from Japan for the disarmament and demobilization of child and women soldiers, to which priority has been given by the north-south conflict parties.
- The programme will be implemented as part of the assistance of $100 million which Japan pledged in April this year to extend for the consolidation of peace in Sudan.
- It is hoped that the programme will stabilize security, demobilize child soldiers and women, and prompt the reintegration of Sudan which is in the process of peace building. It is also hoped that confidence-building between the North and South, vital to the implementation and success of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of soldiers planned for the future, and the steady implementation of the CPA, will be achieved.
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