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UN Security Council condemns extension of UN mission in Sudan and targeting of civilians | news



The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) for six months, strongly condemning attacks on civilians, UN staff and humanitarian workers.

The decision to extend came after differences of opinion among council members Russia, China and African countries backed by the Sudanese government, according to a proposal submitted by United Nations Secretary-General Anthony Guterres. While Western countries and other members tried to introduce amendments and additions to take into account Sudan’s recent developments, it sought technical expansion of the mandate.

A press release issued by the 15-member council in New York said the council was “deeply concerned” about the conflicts.

In the same context, the statement expressed its strong condemnation of all attacks on civilians, United Nations and associated personnel and humanitarian workers in Sudan.

It also condemned attacks on medical facilities and medical personnel and looting of humanitarian supplies.

In a statement, the Security Council called on all parties to ensure rapid, safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all parts of Sudan.

The Security Council stressed that the Juba Peace Agreement remains binding on all signatories and that its provisions on a permanent ceasefire in Darfur, in particular, must be fully implemented.

Robbery facilities

For his part, humanitarian assets and facilities in Sudan are being looted, contrary to the commitment of the parties, said UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths.

He said warehouses belonging to the World Food Program and UNHCR were looted in El-Obeid and Khartoum.

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For his part, United Nations Secretary-General’s Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said the UN Special Representative for Sudan, Volker Peretz, would meet with officials from the African Union and other officials in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia, next week.

This answers the question of where Peretz will go in the region as he is not welcome in Sudan.

Last week, Sudan’s army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, accused Perez of inciting a bloody clash between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces led by Mohamed Hamdan Taghalo (Hemeti).

Al-Burhan sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, asking him to “suggest an alternative” to Peretz, accusing the latter of “fraud and misdirection” that turned into a devastating war.

Last Wednesday, the UN At the end of a closed-door session of the Security Council, Guterres reaffirmed his “full confidence” in Peres.

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