YEMEN Press Agency

UN report exposes UAE’s recruitment of mercenaries in Darfur

SANAA, Feb. 17 (YPA) – A United Nations report exposed the UAE’s recruitment of mercenaries in Darfur and the financing of militias over the past years to serve its plots to gain expansion and influence.

“Sudanese mercenaries in Libya, funded by the United Arab Emirates, represented the main source of income for most of the armed movements in Darfur during 2021,” according to the annual report by the UN Panel of Experts on Sudan to the Security Council.

The report confirms the activities of Sudanese mercenaries funded by the UAE in Libya and also confirms the continued violation of the arms embargo last year “by transferring weapons and other types of military equipment to Darfur.”

The report stated that “in response to allegations of possible financial or military support for Darfur forces (both in Sudan and Libya), the United Arab Emirates indicated the moderate position of its country and its fight against extremism and hate speech,” referring to the meeting of experts with the UAE authorities in November 2021.

The report also stated that the Sudanese government participated in the activities of the so-called “5 + 5” joint military committee, which includes representatives from eastern and western Libya to ensure the continuation of the ceasefire and the withdrawal of fighters and foreign forces from the country.

The experts explained that many of the “small groups (of Sudanese mercenaries) operating in Libya” have “the will to engage in peace talks and return to Sudan,” and recommended the international community “provide funds to Sudan and other relevant countries” in order to “avoid destabilizing the region.”