Cablegate: Usun Instruction: Vote in Favor of Sudan Panel


DE RUEHC #0279 2892019
O R 152014Z OCT 08



E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 106306

1. This is an action request. USUN is instructed to vote
in favor of the resolution (text in para 2) that will
extend the mandate of the current UNSC Sudan Sanctions
Committee's Panel of Experts (POE). USUN should consult
with the Department should there be any changes made to
this text. The POE's mandate
expires 15 October.

2. The Security Council,

Recalling its previous resolutions concerning the
situation in Sudan, in particular resolutions 1779 (2007)
of 28 September 2007, 1769 (2007) of 31 July 2007, 1713
(2006) of 29 September 2006, 1672 (2006) of 25 April
2006, 1665 (2006) of 29 March 2006, 1651 (2005) of 21 December
2005, 1591 (2005) of 29 March 2005, and 1556 (2004) of 30
July 2004, and the statements of its President concerning

Reaffirming its commitment to the sovereignty, unity,
independence and territorial integrity of Sudan, and
recalling the importance of the principles of good
neighbourliness, non-interference and cooperation in the
relations among States in the region,

Stressing again its firm commitment to the cause of peace
throughout Sudan, full implementation of the
Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 9 January 2005, full
implementation of the framework agreed between the parties
for a resolution of the conflict in Darfur (the Darfur Peace
Agreement), and an end to the violence and atrocities in Darfur,

Reiterating the importance of promoting a political
process to restore peace and stability in Darfur, and
strongly urging those parties who have not yet agreed to
participate in negotiations to do so at once and all
parties to the conflict to engage fully and
constructively in the process and to cooperate with AU/UN
Chief Mediator Djibril Bassole,

Reiterating its belief in the basis provided by the
Darfur Peace Agreement for a lasting political solution and
sustained security in Darfur, deploring that the
Agreement has not been fully implemented by the signatories
and not signed by all parties to the conflict in Darfur,

Noting with strong concern the ongoing violence,
impunity, and consequent deterioration of the humanitarian
situation, and reiterating its deep concern about the
security of civilians and humanitarian aid workers and
about humanitarian access to populations in need, and
calling upon all parties in Darfur to cease offensive
actions immediately and to refrain from further violent

Demanding that there should be no aerial bombings nor the
use in Darfur, by any party to the conflict, of aircraft
or aircraft with markings resembling those on United
Nations aircraft, and demanding that the parties to the
conflict exercise restraint and cease military action,

Commending the efforts of, and reiterating its full
support for the African Union, the UN Secretary-General,
the joint AU/UN Chief Mediator, the League of Arab
States, and the leaders of the region to promote peace and
stability in Darfur, looking forward to the full and
rapid deployment of the AU/UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), and
expressing strong support for the political process under
AU/UN-led mediation,

Recalling the 27 May 2008 midterm briefing of the Panel
of Experts appointed by the Secretary-General pursuant to
paragraph 3 (b) of resolution 1591 (2005) and extended by
resolutions 1651 (2005), 1665 (2006), 1713 (2006), and
1779 (2007), and taking note of the Panel's final report
presented to the Committee established pursuant to
resolution 1591 (2005) and currently under consideration,
and expressing its intent to study the Panel's
recommendations further and to consider appropriate next

Emphasizing the need to respect the provisions of the
Charter concerning privileges and immunities, and the
Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United
Nations, as applicable to United Nations operations and
persons engaged in such operations,

Determining that the situation in Sudan continues to
constitute a threat to international peace and security
in the region,

Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United

1. Decides to extend until 15 October 2009 the mandate of
the current Panel of Experts, originally appointed
pursuant to resolution 1591 (2005) and previously
extended by resolutions 1651 (2005), 1665 (2006), 1713 (2006),
and 1779 (2007) and requests the Secretary-General to take
the necessary administrative measures;

2. Requests the Panel of Experts to provide no later than
29 March 2009 a midterm briefing on its work and no later
than 90 days after adoption of this resolution an interim
report to the Committee established pursuant to paragraph
3 (a) of resolution 1591 (2005) and a final report no
later than 30 days prior to termination of its mandate to
the Council with its finding and recommendations;

3. Requests the Panel of Experts to coordinate its
activities as appropriate with the operations of the
African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur
(UNAMID) and with international efforts to promote the
political process in Darfur, and further requests the
Panel to assess in its interim and final reports progress
towards reducing violations by all parties of the
measures imposed by paragraphs 7 and 8 of resolution 1556 (2004)
and paragraph 7 of resolution 1591 (2005), and progress
towards reducing impediments to the political process,
threats to stability in Darfur and the region and other
violations of the above mentioned resolutions;

4. Urges all States, relevant United Nations bodies, the
African Union, and other interested parties, to cooperate
fully with the Committee and the Panel of Experts, in
particular by supplying any information at their disposal
on implementation of the measures imposed by resolution
1591 (2005) and resolution 1556 (2004);

5. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.


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