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Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council that Sudan “is at a historic crossroads" and Council members have “a unique opportunity to support the authorities in ending the conflicts that have plagued the country for years.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 17 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

17 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Sudanese Ambassador
4. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations:
“Sudan is at a historic crossroads. We have a unique opportunity to support the authorities in ending the conflicts that have plagued the country for years. We are committed to doing everything we can to accompany the Government, according to its vision and its pace, to build an inclusive and lasting peace in Darfur and the wider Sudan.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations:
“Effective peace consolidation in Darfur and the wider Sudan cannot be achieved without tangible progress on the economic recovery front. However, from all accounts, resource mobilization remains a major challenge that bears the potential to unravel the positive gains made thus far by the Sudanese leadership and people on the path to political and economic stability. In that regard, the Secretary- General has made a strong call for the lifting of all economic and financial sanctions on Sudan, and for the removal of Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Magdi Ahmed Mofadal Elnour, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations:
“The Sudan of today has nothing to do with the Sudan you’ve known for the past three decades. Sudan today is a new country that seeks to rejoin the international community as a peace-loving country, seeking international cooperation, committed to international law and respectful of the rights of its citizens.”
9. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix today (17 Oct) told the Security Council that Sudan “is at a historic crossroads" and Council members have “a unique opportunity to support the authorities in ending the conflicts that have plagued the country for years.”

Lacroix said, “we are committed to doing everything we can to accompany the Government, according to its vision and its pace, to build an inclusive and lasting peace in Darfur and the wider Sudan.”

The Under-Secretary-General stressed that “effective peace consolidation in Darfur and the wider Sudan cannot be achieved without tangible progress on the economic recovery front.”

However, he said, “resource mobilization remains a major challenge that bears the potential to unravel the positive gains made thus far by the Sudanese leadership and people on the path to political and economic stability.”

Lacroix echoed Secretary-General António Guterres’ call “for the lifting of all economic and financial sanctions on Sudan, and for the removal of Sudan from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.”

For his part, Sudanese Ambassador Magdi Ahmed Mofadal Elnour told the Council that “the Sudan of today has nothing to do with the Sudan you’ve known for the past three decades.”

He said, “Sudan today is a new country that seeks to rejoin the international community as a peace-loving country, seeking international cooperation, committed to international law and respectful of the rights of its citizens.”

After 30 years in power, and following nearly four months of demonstrations, President Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April and placed under house arrest.

In August, Sudan’s military and civilian leaders signed a landmark power-sharing deal.

During the Darfur conflict between the Government and their militiamen allies, and rebel groups, which began in 2003, the UN estimated that around 300,000 were killed, and around 2.7 million forced from their homes. Former president al-Bashir was indicted for war crimes including genocide, nine years ago.
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