Posted by: APO | 17 October 2007

UN Mission in Sudan News Bulletin – 16 Oct 2007

UN Mission in Sudan News Bulletin – 16 Oct 2007


ASRSG Tayé-Brook Zerihoun Meets State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ali Karti

Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan Tayé-Brook Zerihoun met today with State Minister for Foreign Affairs Ali Karti to be briefed on the reaction of the National Congress Party (NCP) to the decision of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to freeze participation of its Ministers and Advisors in the Government of National Unity.

ASRSG Zerihoun recommended that the two parties settle pending issues through direct discussions and consultations. He was encouraged by the assurances provided by the two parties that they will pursue high level consultations on these matters.

ASRSG Zerihoun brought to his interlocutor’s attention the statement issued by the UN Secretary- General issued on 12 October 2007, in which he called on the parties to urgently take the necessary steps to address the outstanding issues related to the implementation of the CPA and expressed the readiness of the United Nations to assist them to accelerate progress on these matters.

ASRSG Tayé-Brook Zerihoun traveled on Saturday 13 October to Juba where he held two meetings, one with the Secretary-General of the SPLM, Pagan Amum, and another with the President and Vice president of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir and Riek Machar. The purpose of the ASRSG visit was to hear from his interlocutors on the circumstances of the SPLM decision and on the way forward envisaged by the movement. He also informed them of the statement of the UN Secretary-General issued on 12 October 2007. The ASRSG was encouraged by his interlocutors’ assurances that they will remain engaged in discussions and consultations with their NCP partners.

In his statement released over the weekend, the Secretary-General expressed his concern about the decision by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement to suspend its participation in the Government of National Unity. He called on both parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) to resolve the situation in a manner that preserves the integrity of the Agreement. He urged the parties, in particular the National Congress Party, to urgently take the necessary steps to address the outstanding issues related to the implementation of the CPA. The Secretary-General expressed the readiness of the United Nations to assist the parties to accelerate progress on these matters, restore the necessary trust between them and keep implementation of the CPA on track.

AMIS and UNMIS Airlift DPA Non-Signatory Movements to Juba to Attend SPLM Sponsored Conference Held in Preparation for Sirte Talks

UNMIS and AMIS transported representatives of movements non-signatory to the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) from different locations in Darfur to Juba to take part in a five day conference sponsored by the SPLM in preparation for the Darfur talks in Sirte, Libya, scheduled to start on 27 October 2007. The conference was opened on Monday 15 October by the First Vice President of Sudan and President of the Government of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir.

Members of the AU-UN Joint Mediation Support Team are attending the conference and are holding meetings on the sidelines with the movements to discuss their preparedness for the Sirte talks.

The United Nations awards Pacific Architect Engineers, Inc. (PAE) for the initial Multi Function Logistics Services in Darfur

The United Nations has awarded Pacific Architect Engineers, Inc. (PAE) a contract for the initial Multi-Function Logistics Services in Darfur for a period of six months in support of the UN-African Mission in Darfur. The contract was signed today, 15 October 2007, in New York.

The contract, which is for an amount not to exceed $250 million, covers the establishment of new camps in El Fasher, Nyala, El Geneina, Zalingei in Darfur and El Obeid for up to a total of 4,100 military and civilian personnel and the provision of camp services including catering, medical, janitorial, welfare and upkeep.

The nature and complexity of the requirements, along with the challenging timeline mandated by the Security Council, necessitated a contractor with considerable experience in the Darfur environment. The search for a suitable short-term solution has led to this contractor, which has been in Darfur since 2004 constructing and maintaining all logistical services to the existing 34 African Union camps.


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