#UNSC on the African Union Mission – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)

News from #UNSC  | 10 January 2018

UNSC President, Ambassador Kairat Umarov

On behalf of the United Nations Security Council, below statement on UNAMID announced by the UNSC President, Ambassador Kairat Umarov at the media stakeout.
Council Members welcomed the joint AU-UN (African Union – United Nations) assessment report on phase one of the reconfiguration of UNAMID (United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur) and the absence of negative consequences to date. Council Members commended the good cooperation between the Government of Sudan the United Nations and the African Union in regards to the implementation of phase one of the reconfiguration.

Council Members welcomed the ongoing absence of armed clashes between government forces and the armed opposition, in addition to the extension of unilateral cessation of hostilities. Council Members emphasised the importance of using this time to make progress on the currently stalled peace process. Council members demanded that the non-signatory armed movements refrain from impeding implementation of the DDPD (Doha Document for Peace in Darfur), urged the signatory parties to implement the DDPD in full and encouraged UNAMID and UNCT (UN Country Team and Agencies) to engage fully to support implementation of the DDPD that constitutes a viable framework for the peace process in Darfur.

Council Members highlighted concern at ongoing humanitarian challenges including 2.1 million IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons)  in need of assistance. Council members encouraged the Member States to step up humanitarian assistance.

Council Members welcomed the Government of Sudan’s written agreement on 8 January to the opening of a temporary UNAMID operating base in Golo, Jebel Marra. Regretting that the timetable set out by resolution 2363 (2017) was not respected, Council Members emphasised the need to ensure that there are no further delays to the opening of the base.

Council Members called on all parties to fully implement Security Council resolution 2363 of June 2017.

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As delivered by the UNSC President, Ambassador Kairat Umarov: 

Statement by the delegation of Kazakhstan at the briefing/consultations on the
UN-AU Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)

(January 10, 2018)

I will now speak in my national capacity.

We join others in expressing our deep appreciation to USG Lacroix for his comprehensive briefing.

My delegation supports the conclusions of the SG report, as well as the joint assessment on the progress of the UNAMID’s reconfiguration and would like to offer the following observations:

  • Kazakhstan is encouraged by the continuing progress made on the security and humanitarian situation in Darfur, as well as the strengthened cooperation between the Sudanese Government, UN and AU. The most recent positive evidence is the Government’s consent on establishing the Golo operating base.
  • We also welcome the decision of the Government of Sudan to extend the unilateral ceasefire until the end of March 2018. We hope that the other parties will also undertake necessary efforts to invigorate an inclusive political process led by AU High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP). Gradually, we must move towards fulfilling the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD).
  • Kazakhstan is also pleased to note that no adverse effects have been observed during the Phase I of the reconfiguration of UNAMID. We believe that UNAMID’s tasks should be adjusted towards prioritizing its peacebuilding capacities during its mandate renewal in June 2018. Peacebuilding efforts should focus on the implementation of the UNAMID-UNCT Integrated Strategic Framework for 2017-2019 that identified the priorities for sustainable peace in Darfur.
  • At the same time, the Government of Sudan needs international support, including expertise and financial assistance, to resolve the issue of IDPs and succeed in the arms collection campaign. These efforts should also be accompanied by investments in development projects.

Thank you!

 

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About The Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD)

The Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) was finalized at the All Darfur Stakeholders Conference in May 2011, in Doha, Qatar. On 14 July, the Government of  Sudan and the Liberation and Justice Movement signed a protocol agreement committing themselves to the Document, which is now the framework for the comprehensive peace process in Darfur. The DDPD is the culmination of two and half years of negotiations, dialogue and consultations with the major parties to the Darfur conflict, all relevant stakeholders and international partners. The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) lent technical expertise to the process and continues to support the dissemination of the Document as well as to urge non-signatory movements to sign up to the DDPD. The DDPD addresses the root causes of the conflict and its consequences, including Power Sharing, Wealth Sharing, Human Rights, Justice and Reconciliation, Compensation and Return, and Internal Dialogue among others.
Source: https://unamid.unmissions.org/doha-document-peace-darfur

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