Maldivian MP refutes claims he has fled to Sri Lanka

The parliamentarian’s passport was seized for a duration of three months on October 2nd, through a ruling from the Criminal Court. The court has since issued similar orders on the passports of a number of other parliamentarians. A Maldivian Member of Parliament (MP) has denied claims he has fled to Sri Lanka and instead says he is in the country for some political work.Ahmed Mahloof refuted claims that his arrest is impending, which surfaced after the Maldivian state seized his passport in early October, RaajjeMV reported. Mahloof told RaajjeMV that he has no knowledge of a potential case against him and that he is ‘not afraid of being arrested’. “I have some political work here to take care of, [former] President Nasheed came here yesterday so I have to meet with as well, and I have some medical reasons to be here as well. By no means am I fleeing, nor am I a fugitive” Mahloof said in the interview from his home in Sri Lanka. read more

A different Darfur has emerged since 2003 exit strategy for AUUN mission

“In view of the current circumstances in Darfur, a pragmatic reconfiguration of UNAMID [the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur] will become necessary and the AU and UN will have to focus on how best that could be done without compromising the gains thus far made,” the Joint Special Representative, Jeremiah Mamabolo, told the Security Council. He said that from 5 to 17 March, UNAMID received an AU-UN strategic review team, which met with the Government of Sudan in Khartoum and Darfur, and travelled throughout the Darfur region. UNAMID awaits the outcome of these deliberations. The three strategic priorities established by the Council in 2014 continue to provide a framework within which UNAMID implements its mandate to protect civilians, mitigate inter-communal conflicts and mediate between the Government and the non-signatory armed movements. “The Darfur of today is a very different place from what this region was in 2003, when the armed conflict began, and from that of a year ago,” Mr. Mamabolo said, noting that fighting between Sudanese Government forces and the main three non-signatory armed movements has considerably diminished. VIDEO: Briefing the Security Council, Joint Special Representative Jeremiah N. Mamabolo urges African Union and UN to focus on the best strategy for their joint mission without compromising the gains that have been made. The past three months have also witnessed a continued reduction in the number of inter-communal security incidents, in particular as a result of the more effective involvement of the native administrations and the impact of security measures by State Governments, leading to an increased number of peace agreements. Further, UNAMID has not seen any new displacement in 2017. Cooperation with the Government has noticeably improved in terms of humanitarian access. UNAMID and the UN country team have repeatedly been able to visit previously off-limits areas in Jebel Marra while UN humanitarian partners are commencing regular helicopter flights to Golo. However, efforts by the AU High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to get warring parties to sign a cessation of hostilities agreement and start direct negotiations towards an inclusive peace agreement to end the conflict have remained inconclusive, Mr. Mamabolo said. Although Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid al-Nur (SLA/AW) is no longer capable of mounting and sustaining significant military operations, it continues to refuse to join the peace process and seems to want to continue to fight, he explained. “We would like to appeal to this Council and those with influence and leverage on him to persuade him to recognize the importance of a political settlement and desist from bringing more suffering to the very people that he professes to represent,” Mr. Mamabolo said. read more