By: Zuleikha Abdul Raziq – Najat Ahmed
Khartoum – The British Ambassador to Khartoum, Irfan Siddiq said that the UK will not differ with the transitional government on the exit or the remaining of the UNAMID in Darfur.
He added, in an interview with Al-Intibaha daily that there were differences in the views with the ousted government, but now they want a clear stance from the new government towards the UNAMID exit.
For his part, expert on South Kordofan peace and conflicts, Lt. Gen. Jalal Tawur, called on UNAMID to sent troops from the army and the Rapid Support Forces to achieve peace and stability in all the areas of Darfur, stressing on the crucial role of the social and official efforts in Darfur.
Meanwhile, the Sudanese government announced its commitment to provide all required facilities to ease the UNAMID exit and its move inside and outside the country.
It is to be noted that United Nations and African Unions officials are in Khartoum for talks with the Sudanese officials on the future of Darfur peacekeeping mission which is planned to withdraw by June 2020.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the head of the Department for Peace Operations and the African Union’s Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui, arrived on Monday to take part in a tripartite meeting to discuss the future of the UN- AU Mission in Darfur on Tuesday.
“Arrived in Khartoum with AU Chergui in a joint UN-African Union visit to review progress in the drawdown of UNAMID with new Sudanese authorities. Crucial to creating conditions for responsible exit from Darfur and consolidate peace through the predictable engagement of UN Sudan and UN Peacebuilding,” Lacroix said in a tweet released on Monday.
The two officials will meet Sudanese transitional authorities to discuss the ongoing preparation for peace talks with Darfur armed groups scheduled to begin in Juba on 14 October, said a statement by the UN spokesperson on Monday evening.
Last June, the Security Council decided to pause the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur’s (UNAMID) drawdown, as the country dealt with a political crisis after the collapse of the al-Bashir regime.
The 15 member body extended the mandate of the UNAMID, until Oct. 31, and asked the U.N. and AU to make recommendations by Sept. 30 on what the council should do about continuing the withdrawal.