World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

SC Members Discuss How to Move Forward on Darfur

Security Council Members Discuss How to Move Forward on Darfur – Annan

New York, Nov 8 2006 6:00PM

As officials today voiced concern about a build-up of government troops in Darfur, Sudan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan discussed with members of the Security Council next steps to address the situation in the troubled region.

“We talked about the situation in Darfur, and the need for us to work urgently with the Sudanese Government and other parties concerned to find a way out of the impasse which exists today with the deteriorating situation on the ground,” Mr. Annan told reporters following a working luncheon in New York with members of the Council.

He pointed to a series of upcoming meetings, including of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, which currently has a force, known as AMIS, deployed in Darfur.

“Everyone hopes that between now and the end of the month we will be able to come with a workable alternative so that we can move ahead with the implementation of Resolution 1706, and help the people concerned,” Mr. Annan said.

By that text, adopted in late August, the Council voted to deploy a UN force of more than 17,000 peacekeepers across Darfur and said it “invites the consent” of the Sudanese Government. But Khartoum has so far opposed the measure.

Responding to press questions, the Secretary-General said the focus now is “on getting into Darfur an effective force, strengthening the African Union force – that is, giving them all the support that they need, including finding ways of putting in additional resources that [Sudanese] President [Omar al-]Bashir, in his discussions with me, had already accepted – “African Union Plus.”

A $22 million package approved by the Council will help by putting in communication and other experts to assist the Sudanese, Mr. Annan noted, adding: “hopefully we want to go beyond that and work with the African Union and the Sudanese to ensure that we do have an effective force on the ground, and we are looking beyond the end of the year.”

He warned that the international community must take a long-range view “not get caught by the end of the year without any effective arrangements and force on the ground.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Annan’s Deputy Special Representative in Sudan, Tayé Zerihoun, today discussed the UN support package to AMIS with the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Said Djinnit, according to a spokesman for the world body.

Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reiterated its concerns about the deployment of additional government troops in Darfur.

The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which was set up to monitor a separate peace deal ending a 21-year conflict in the country’s south, said reports were received on a deployment of at least 30 military vehicles full of government soldiers in North Darfur.

In West Darfur, a new build up of armed militia was reported by several sources in the Jebel Moon area, UNMIS said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

APEC : Leaders Issue Kuala Lumpur Declaration

The leaders of the 21 APEC member economies issued the Kuala Lumpur Declaration following the first-ever virtual 27th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Convening for the first time since the ... More>>

UN: Refugee Resettlement Numbers Fall To Lowest In Two Decades

Refugee resettlement numbers will be at a “record low” this year, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday, with only 15,425 people resettled in the first nine months of 2020, compared to more than 50,000 in 2019. In 2016, resettlement ... More>>

OHCHR: UN Committee Issues Recommendations To Combat Racial Profiling

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination today published its guidance to combat racial profiling, emphasizing, among other issues, the serious risk of algorithmic bias when artificial intelligence (AI) is used in law enforcement. The ... More>>

G20: Global Co-Operation And Strong Policy Action Needed For A Sustainable Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed major weaknesses in our economies that can only be fixed through greater global co-operation and strong, targeted policy action, according to a new OECD report presented to the Leaders of the G20 countries at their ... More>>