Mandate of UN-AU mission in Darfur extended for one year

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Tofig Musayev

The Security Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the African Union/United Nations hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) for one year.

UNAMID was established in 2007 to protect civilians displaced by the 2003 civil war in the Darfur region of Sudan and to help find a political solution to that conflict.

Fourteen members of the Council voted in a favour of a resolution extending the mandate of UNAMID, with Azerbaijan, a non-permanent member, abstaining.

The country's Deputy Representative to the United Nations, Tofig Musayev, said although Azerbaijan supports the work of UNAMID it was not satisfied with the resolution.

"We note that some conclusion made in the resolution just adopted do not coincide with our assessment of the current situation on the ground and are not fully reflective of the Secretary-General's views contained in his recent reports on UNAMID. We believe that some additional important elements could have been included in the resolution. We also regret that discussions on the draft resolution were not sufficiently open, inclusive and transparent."

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