UN Security Council Concludes Political Mission in Sudan

The text of the resolution, presented by the United Kingdom, was adopted by 14 votes in favor and one abstention (Russia).

In this resolution, the Security Council calls on UNAMIS to begin “immediately”, on 4 December 2023, the cessation of its operations and the process of transferring its tasks, where appropriate and to the extent possible, to the agencies , United Nations funds and programs, with the aim of completing this process by February 29, 2024.

It decides that the liquidation of UNAMIS will begin on 1 March 2024 and calls on the mission to establish financial arrangements with the United Nations country team to enable the UN to oversee residual programmatic cooperation activities previously initiated by UNAMIS.

Persistence of violence

The Security Council says it is concerned about “the persistence of violence and the humanitarian situation, in particular the violations of international humanitarian law and the serious violations and abuses of human rights” in Sudan.

It underlines “the serious consequences on civilians and calls on all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities, to facilitate humanitarian access, in particular by fulfilling their commitments in Jeddah and seeking a negotiated solution to the conflict”.

The Security Council welcomes the diplomatic efforts led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a group of East African countries, and the African Union and welcomes the “unwavering commitment neighboring countries to support civilians who have fled Sudan.

It welcomes the appointment of the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General to Sudan, Ramtane Lamamra, to use his good offices with the parties and neighboring States, complementing regional peace efforts, and calls on all parties to extend their cooperation in the accomplishment of its tasks.

The Security Council encourages international and regional organizations and United Nations member States to quickly respond to the growing humanitarian needs in Sudan and its neighbors.

This article is originally published on news.un.org

Beth Malcolm

Beth Malcolm is Scottish based Journalist at Heriot-Watt University studying French and British Sign Language. She is originally from the north west of England but is living in Edinburgh to complete her studies.