Posted by: africanpressorganization | 22 December 2008

Darfur in Security Council




Darfur in Security Council


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, December 22, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general

And the spokesperson for the general assembly president




A day after we briefed you on the Secretary-General’s report on the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), today the Security Council heard a briefing on recent developments affecting the security and humanitarian situation in Darfur, the status of UNAMID operations and an update on the political process.  That briefing was given by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Alain Le Roy.


The Council also heard a briefing by Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Susana Malcorra, who highlighted some key issues relating to the deployment of UNAMID, and some of the major challenges in that area.


As the conflict enters its sixth year, Alain Le Roy told Council members that millions continue to live in camps for internally displaced persons, dependent on the life-saving assistance of the humanitarian effort.  The situation has not improved.  Over the past six months alone, an additional 100,000 people have been displaced, he told the Council.


It is of grave concern that, year after year, the security situation remains volatile and unpredictable.  The past two months have been no exception.  Attacks on peacekeepers and humanitarian workers, as well as intertribal violence and clashes between the Government and the armed movements, have intensified, he reported.


It is amid this continued violence and in this complex operating environment that UNAMID has been trying to implement its mandate, even as it continues to deploy, he said.  Over the past year, the frequency of the Mission’s patrols has increased, he said.


As its numbers and capabilities increase, the Mission will be able to do much more of this good work.  We will need continued Government cooperation and sustained international support to reach this objective, he said.


Le Roy stressed that the fundamental responsibility for making real progress lies with the parties.  It is the Government of Sudan and armed rebel movements which must cease hostilities and agree to dialogue under the auspices of Chief Mediator Djibril Bassolé.  The Council is currently meeting in consultations on this subject — that’s Darfur.






SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General



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