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24-May-2022 00:03:59
The head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), Volker Perthes, said to the Security Council today that the crisis facing Sudan is “entirely homegrown and can only be resolved by the Sudanese.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY - FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

24 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Med shot, Perthes walking to his seat, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan:
“From late March, excuse me, through today, Sudanese authorities have released 86 detainees, including high-profile officials affiliated with the work of the Dismantling Committee, and the violence by security forces against protestors appears to have decreased overall though regretfully, violations still happen. I have commended the recent release of detainees as an important step towards creating conducive conditions and re-building trust. However, around 110 persons reportedly remain in detention in Khartoum, Port Sudan, and elsewhere.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan:
“The political stalemate continues to exact a heavy socio-economic toll. Humanitarian needs are growing with a significant impact on the most vulnerable. This, coupled with global geopolitical factors, continues to drive up prices for basic goods in Sudan. In April 2022, staple food prices increased on average 15 percent compared to March and remained 250 percent higher than last year. The combined effects of political instability, economic crisis, poor harvests, and global supply shocks are having a disastrous impact on inflation and the affordability of food. The number of Sudanese facing acute hunger is projected to double to about 18 million by September this year.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan:
“The crisis facing Sudan is entirely homegrown and can only be resolved by the Sudanese. A solution is needed. Most Sudanese stakeholders realize that the geopolitical environment is becoming more challenging, and the gaze of the international community is deflected from Sudan. They, therefore, expect the trilateral mechanism to facilitate the difficult process of finding a consensual path out of the crisis. Too much is at stake, too many hopes and aspirations impacted. I urge the Sudanese to seize this opportunity.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Al-Harith Idriss al-Harith Mohamed, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations:
“We are committed to maintaining the ceasefire to lay down the arms even by those who didn't sign the Juba agreement, so to build trust and to make sure that these parties joined in with the overall peace process. The government has a strong political will to implement the Juba Agreement provisions, the security provisions, the DDR projects, the deployment of the joint security, and the civilian protection force. Mr. President, we would like to say that it would be difficult for the government of Sudan to act here all alone. Therefore, we call on the international community to provide the technical and financial support needed, and we expect that unit arms will play a vital role here.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. Pan left, Perthes walking to the podium, Security Council Stakeout
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan:
“We need a conducive environment for a direct engagement between the main stakeholders, and this conducive environment has to be created mainly by the authorities.”
13. Pan right, Perthes walking away from the podium, Security Council Stakeout

STORYLINE:
The head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), Volker Perthes, said to the Security Council today (24 May) that the crisis facing Sudan is “entirely homegrown and can only be resolved by the Sudanese.”

Addressing the Security Council on the situation in Sudan, Perthes noted that the Sudanese authorities have released 86 detainees across the country since late March, including high-profile officials affiliated with the work of the Dismantling Committee and activists from the Resistance Committees.

He also said, “Violence by security forces against protestors appears to have decreased overall though regretfully, violations still happen.”

Perthes commended the recent release of detainees as an important step towards creating conducive conditions and re-building trust. “However, around 110 persons reportedly remain in detention in Khartoum, Port Sudan, and elsewhere,” he added.

The Special Representative said that “the political stalemate continues to exact a heavy socio-economic toll. Humanitarian needs are growing with a significant impact on the most vulnerable. This, coupled with global geopolitical factors, continues to drive up prices for basic goods in Sudan.”

In April 2022, staple food prices increased on average 15 percent compared to March and remained 250 percent higher than respective prices last year.

“The combined effects of political instability, economic crisis, poor harvests, and global supply shocks are having a disastrous impact on inflation and the affordability of food,” he said.

The number of Sudanese facing acute hunger is projected to double to about 18 million by September.

“Most Sudanese stakeholders realize that the geopolitical environment is becoming more challenging, and the gaze of the international community is deflected from Sudan. They, therefore, expect the trilateral mechanism to facilitate the difficult process of finding a consensual path out of the crisis. Too much is at stake, too many hopes and aspirations impacted. I urge the Sudanese to seize this opportunity,” Perthes concluded.

The Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations, Al-Harith Idriss al-Harith Mohamed, said that Sudan is committed to maintaining the ceasefire to lay down the arms “even by those who didn't sign the Juba agreement, so to build trust and to make sure that these parties joined in with the overall peace process.”

He also said that the Sudanese government has “a strong political will to implement the Juba Agreement provisions, the security provisions, the DDR projects, the deployment of the joint security, and the civilian protection force.”

He added that “it would be difficult for the government of Sudan to act here all alone. Therefore, we call on the international community to provide the technical and financial support needed, and we expect that unit arms will play a vital role here.”

Speaking to reporters in New York later today, Perthes stressed the need for a conducive environment for a direct engagement between the main stakeholders, “and this conducive environment has to be created mainly by the authorities.”
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