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Summary: 16 July 2011, Brussels - The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today on the signing of an agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM):
"The High Representative welcomes the agreement concluded on 14 July between the Liberation and Justice Movement and the Government of Sudan as a positive step towards a lasting solution to the crisis in Darfur. We commend those who have sought to pursue a political, not a military, solution.
The High Representative is grateful to the Government of Qatar for its perseverance, dedication and generosity in hosting African Union/United Nations-sponsored talks between the Government of Sudan and armed rebel movements in Doha over nearly three years. The European Union appreciates the important contributions made by the Qatari Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ahmed Bin Abdallah Al Mahmoud and the former AU/UN Joint Chief Mediator Djibril Bassolé, now the Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso.
The European Union wants to see an immediate end to the suffering of the people of Darfur. The High Representative calls on all parties to the conflict to end hostilities in Darfur without delay and urges those armed movements who have not been participating in the Doha process to join the continuing peace negotiations. The European Union urges all sides to continue their efforts to reach a peace agreement that is as comprehensive and inclusive as possible."