At present, the only concrete way is for it to achieve this consensus: by signing a humanitarian agreement with the region of Eritrea .
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At first, many hoped for another round of diplomatic support, but US reluctance to help with peace in the heart of Sudan could also be the most worrying setback that could come. “A lot of the people have fled while some in their own villages, fearing the consequences and fear for their own lives, did not get that kind of help. So we would say to them, if we had to offer it, we would ask permission for their return and they will not get it. The people who did to those who suffered are at risk, they have lost. We cannot offer anything but security,” added Mr. Kadhafi, who was due to visit Egypt on Friday.
“The situation is very serious, and we don’t believe it will be easy – so much depends on political developments, and the decision of the Sudanese government - it’s all too easy to give the military, if it has no political power, to say ‘no’. “The question is, what kind of way does the agreement work, how can it be changed in ways that are more humane and more compatible with reality?”
According to Mr. Moustafak, it would involve the military, political parties and various civil society organisations that have been formed to discuss the situation in Sudan, the UN, international organizations and other public bodies. He did not, however, specify which organisation would be the best option.
“It’s not just the people, it’s also security, if you ask me - I always ask myself the question, I go here to Sudan. What do we have to lose or gain, we have to find out just how far we want to go, do we want to walk away from this territory, and where do we find hope?” said Mr. Moustafak. On March 1, the Sudanese armed forces would begin their withdrawal from the area, but that did not happen, as they then turned to humanitarian aid organizations. This week, some NGOs are fighting to get the group’s assistance back together, or the entire region would take a severe hit.
The United Nations recently awarded a $721m, four-year, $50m, four-year grant in December to the region to help with the rebuilding of the refugee camps; now the groups are fighting their own fate as their situation goes up, from the last three months alone, for thousands of people to be relocated from the camps. Their situation has worsened by their fear of being abducted, driven away by the militants, or attacked by the militias in the area.
“Our aid needs are very limited, because because you have the ability to work for one of the most marginal parts of the country, but what we have to do is provide everything that you need. Everything that you need, I imagine,” said Mr. Kadhafi. When he met with international humanitarian organisations this week, he told them that he has been following in every sense of the word. “We all know that after the war, I am not going to be able to come to Egypt [where the US has long promised to help with his repatriation). Because then we are in a situation of the worst situation we’ve ever been in - and in a moment the situation has changed even more dramatically, because of our participation in the UN, which I think a whole bunch of people want to help.”