The commander of the rapid support forces which were stationed in North Kordofan state, Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, has described his forces as “national” and “neutral”, saying they played important role in maintaining security and stability in Darfur.

He addressed a public crowd celebrating his forces’ arrival in the East Darfur state capital, El Daein, saying that rumours circulated by certain parties about his forces were unfair and meant to distort its image.

The commander of the 20th infantry division in El Daein, Yahiya Al-Sheikh, for his part said the arrival of the rapid support forces, also known as Janjaweed Arab militias, would enhance efforts made towards maintaining security and stability, adding they offered a rare example for sacrifice and tenacity.