3627th Meeting of Security Council: Situation in Sudan - Part 1

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31-Jan-1996 01:21:37
Security Council calls on Sudan to extradite suspects in attempted assassination of Egyptian President at 3627th meeting.

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The Security Council this afternoon called on the Government of the Sudan to comply with requests of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) to extradite to Ethiopia the three suspects wanted for attempting to assassinate President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt on 25 June 1995, in Addis Ababa.

As it condemned the assassination attempt, the Council also called on the Government of the Sudan to stop assisting, supporting and facilitating terrorist activities and to act in its relations with its neighbours and with others, in full conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the charter of the OAU.

By its unanimous adoption of resolution 1044 (1996), the Council deplored the violation of the sovereignty and integrity of Ethiopia and the attempt to disturb the peace and security of Ethiopia and the region. It urged the international community to encourage the Government of the Sudan to respond fully and effectively to the OAU requests.

The Council requested the Secretary-General, in consultation with the OAU, to seek the cooperation of the Government of the Sudan in the implementation of this resolution and to report to the Council in 60 days.

The representative of Ethiopia told the Council that evidence unearthed by his Government had implicated the Government of the Sudan in the assassination attempt against President Mubarak of Egypt, clearly illustrating a threat to the peace and security of the region. The Central Organ of the OAU had called on the Sudan to hand over the terrorists, but that Government had turned a deaf ear. For that reason, Ethiopia had felt compelled to bring the matter before the Security Council. State-sponsored international terrorism clearly constituted a threat to international peace and security, he said.

The representative of the Sudan said that his country would not allow its territory, nationals or institutions to be used in any manner for terrorist activities. His Government was ready to fully cooperate with the parties concerned and pledged its support to the Secretaries-General of the OAU and the United Nations, in accordance with the terms of the draft resolution.

Also speaking this afternoon were the representatives of Indonesia, Botswana, Republic of Korea, Germany, Honduras, Chile, China, Poland, Guinea- Bissau, United States, Italy, France, Egypt, Russian Federation and the United Kingdom.

The meeting, which was called to order at 3:46 p.m., was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

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