Khartoum - (Sudan Tribune) The Sudanese government Friday has welcomed the UN Security Council’s (UNSC) plan to reduce the hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur
(UNAMID) saying the move underscores the stability of the situation in the region.
On Wednesday, United Nations secretary general officially proposed to change the mandate of African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and to reduce by a half its troops.
The proposal was made by the Assistant Secretary-General for UN peacekeeping operations, El Ghassim Wane in a briefing before the Security Council on the recommendations of the Special Report of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and the Secretary-General on the strategic review of UNAMID.
In a press release on Friday, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Gharib Allah Khidir welcomed the UN secretary general report describing the intended resolution to downsize the Mission as “unprecedented”.
He also welcomed the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) condemnation of the recent attacks by armed groups in East and North Darfur.
Earlier this week, the AUSPC condemned “the recent incursion of armed groups into Darfur”, expressing concern over “alleged claims of use of neighbouring countries as launching grounds for such acts”.
Khidir reiterated government resolve to achieve peace, stability and security across the country, renewing commitment to continue cooperation and coordination with the UN and the AU to ensure the success of the UNAMID until it withdraws fully from the region.