KRIŽNAR AND JAMOUS WITHIN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON DARFUR AND EXPECTATIONS OF THE ENGAGEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Križnar and Jamous within the European Parliament on Darfur and expectations of the engagement of the European Union.
Today, the European Parliament was made acquainted with the viewpoints of the two peacekeepers, the Sudanese Suleiman Jamous and the Slovene Tomo Križnar, on one of the largest humanitarian and political crises in the world, in Sudan’s region of Darfur. Within the several meetings with European representatives and officials of the European Parliament which were organised by the deputy Ivo Vajgl (ZARES/ALDE) the wish was pointed out for a more active role of the European Union (EU) in finding a more long-term and peaceful solution of problems of the largest African country and for the continuation of the peace efforts which were promoted by the Slovenian President, dr. Janez Drnovšek, a few years ago.
The visit of Suleiman Jamous and Tomo Križnar who presented all the participants in the talks with a DVD containing his documentary feature "Dar Fur: War for Water” excited a lot of interest among the members of the parliament as it revealed less known aspects of the civil war and suffering of the civilian population in Darfur.
Vajgl forecasted to prepare a report on the conditions in Darfur which would at the same time be an incentive for a more efficient role of the EU in solving the crisis which is complex as it concerns an exceptionally large, and a very wealthy African country burdened with interests of major forces.
“The testifying by Suleiman Jamous and Tomo Križnar before the members of the European Parliament have unfortunately disclosed that current peace negotiations and the recent election in Sudan which were anything but democratic raise only little hope that things will take a turn for the better soon. Nonetheless or even because of that it is necessary for us to provide a reinforced engagement,” declared Vajgl after today’s talks in Strasbourg.
Besides the participation in public debate in the European Parliament, Suleiman Jamous and Tomo Križnar also met with the President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party (ELDR), Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, the President of the Development Committee, Eva Joly, and the Director of the General Secretariat of the European Parliament responsible for inter-institutional cooperation and foreign policy, dr. Ciril Štokelj.