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UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said while the impact of the post-11 April events in Sudan on the prevailing situation in Darfur “has been so far moderate, the uncertainty of the negotiations’ outcome may have repercussions well beyond Khartoum and lead to escalation of violence.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 14 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

14 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“While the impact of the post-11 April events on the prevailing situation in Darfur has been so far moderate, the uncertainty of the negotiations’ outcome may have repercussions well beyond Khartoum and lead to escalation of violence. The 3 June attacks and killings of civilians, which this Council condemned, exemplify the risks. Further, the reported perpetration of such violence by actors such as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), who are closely linked to Darfur, is worrisome for its civilian population there.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“While the assessment concluded that overall the intercommunal violence has visibly declined, the conflict drivers related to access to land and resources, environmental degradation and violation of human rights need to be further addressed.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, United Nations:
“In some areas of Jebel Marra, the sole representatives of Government present are the security forces. But, they are reported as the main perpetrators of violations against the civilian population - i.e. the people they are there to protect. Clearly, this does not lead to increased trust of the population in law enforcement bodies.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Omer Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Sudan to the United Nations:
“I would like to relay to you the decision issued by the Transitional Military Council yesterday to withdraw all armed forces and security agencies currently present in the sites which the Sudanese Government received from UNAMID and to suspend the implementation of decree 102 of 2019 with was issued last May.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Omer Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Sudan to the United Nations:
“I would like to reaffirm that the Sudanese Government’s firm stance is the continuation of UNAMID’s withdrawal within the specified timeframe, and it firmly rejects any attempt to delay or halt the process of UNAMID’s withdrawal. We refuse the remainder of UNAMID forces in Darfur as there is no need, excuse, or reason for their presence.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Omer Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Sudan to the United Nations:
“I hope, with appreciation, that you lift your hands off the interfere political situation of Sudan, and a reassure you that the great Sudanese people, whose civilisation is known to history, is able, through its awareness and love for its country, to achieve the aspirations and goals of its great revolution.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix said while the impact of the post-11 April events in Sudan on the prevailing situation in Darfur “has been so far moderate, the uncertainty of the negotiations’ outcome may have repercussions well beyond Khartoum and lead to escalation of violence.”

Addressing the Security Council today (14 Jun), Lacroix said What started in December 2018, as social unrest triggered by socioeconomic grievances, led to the removal of President Al-Bashir on 11 April and the subsequent take over by a Transitional Military Council (TMC), who are currently negotiating with the umbrella opposition group of the Declaration of Freedom and Change (DFC) forces on the nature and the structure of the governance system.

He added that the 3 June attacks and killings of civilians, which this Council condemned, “exemplify the risks” in Darfur with the reported perpetration of violence “by actors such as the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), who are closely linked to Darfur.”


Lacroix said the latest joint assessment of the UN Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) “concluded that overall the intercommunal violence has visibly declined” but warned that the “conflict drivers related to access to land and resources, environmental degradation and violation of human rights need to be further addressed.”

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour said the human rights situation in Darfur had continued to deteriorate in recent month as the country-wide protests have had some ripple effect in the region. He said there were reports that state security entities had resorted to arbitrary arrest and detention to restrict freedom of movement and assembly, as well as suppress dissent or acts of solidarity with the protest in Khartoum. He said many cases in Darfur remained invisible and underreported due to lack of access to some parts of the region.

SOUNDBITE (English) Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, United Nations:
“In some areas of Jebel Marra, the sole representatives of Government present are the security forces. But, they are reported as the main perpetrators of violations against the civilian population - i.e. the people they are there to protect. Clearly, this does not lead to increased trust of the population in law enforcement bodies.”

Sudanese representative Omer Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed revealed to the Council a decision taken by the Sudanese Transitional Military Council (TMC) to “withdraw all armed forces and security agencies currently present in the sites which the Sudanese Government received from UNAMID and to suspend the implementation of decree 102 of 2019 with was issued last May.” The decree had called on UNAMID to hand over all camps to the Rapid Support Forces, which is in contravention to the UN rules and procedures.

Ahmed reaffirmed that the Sudanese Government “firmly rejects any attempt to delay or halt the process of UNAMID’s withdrawal.”

Turning to the events on 3rd June, Ahmed said the TMC had set up a military commission to investigate the killings adding that it would announce its findings tomorrow. He added that the Prosecutor General of the Sudan had created a committee to investigate the events and hold the perpetrators responsible.

Ahmed said, “I hope, with appreciation, that you lift your hands off the interfere political situation of Sudan, and a reassure you that the great Sudanese people, whose civilisation is known to history, is able, through its awareness and love for its country, to achieve the aspirations and goals of its great revolution.”
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