Security Council adopts resolution to allow better protection of civilians in Darfur

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Mark Lyall Grant. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution to give the African Union-UN Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) the best chance of protecting civilians of the regions.

That's what UK's Ambassador to the UN, Mark Lyall Grant, told reporters on Thursday after a Security Council meeting.

Ambassador Grant said the resolution would improve UNAMID's "effectiveness" and focus its efforts on protecting civilians, political mediation and resolving inter-communal conflicts.

An upsurge in violence in recent weeks on the ground has displaced an additional 200,000 people, he noted.

These worrying developments make it all the more crucial for UNAMID to deliver fully, Ambassador Grant said.

"It’s a difficult mission for a number of reasons. The security situation has always been difficult, the relation with the host government in Khartoum is difficult, it is a hybrid mission between the UN and the African Union and that has proved difficult. There are bureaucratic obstacles, there is a constantly fluctuating security situation on the ground with a huge number of people displaced, but there aren’t really two parties to the conflict."

Meanwhile, the UNAMID Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas said the time had come to get all parties to "totally abandon the military option" and to participate in an all inclusive national dialogue.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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