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Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, told the Security Council that there needs to be a negotiated solution to end the war in Sudan as soon as possible, “the longer this war continues, the greater the risk of fragmentation, and foreign interference and erosion of sovereignty, and the loss of Sudan's future.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 09 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

09 AUGUST 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“There needs to be a negotiated solution to end this war as soon as possible. There is no other alternative. Calls by some to continue the war in order to achieve a military victory will only contribute to destroying the country. The longer this war continues, the greater the risk of fragmentation, and foreign interference and erosion of sovereignty, and the loss of Sudan's future, particularly its youth.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“The conflict in Sudan continues to have immense repercussions on the country and its people who continue to face unimaginable suffering. The humanitarian and protection needs are rising by the day with no signs of a reprieve.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“The indiscriminate and sometimes targeted attacks on civilians and civilian objects and infrastructure continue, particularly in Khartoum, Darfur, and North Kordofan, as the parties continue to disregard calls to protect civilians and uphold their international human rights and humanitarian law obligations.
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations:
“Sexual violence continues to be perpetrated on a large scale, while children continue to be killed or victimized or are at risk of being recruited to fight.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Edem Wosornu, Director of Operations and Advocacy, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“Reports of ethnic-based violence in West Darfur are extremely alarming, with numerous civilians killed or wounded. The intense fighting and difficult operating environment are constraining our ability to deliver urgent humanitarian assistance, which is urgently required - this is only deepening the suffering of people there.”
12.Wide shot, Security Council
13.SOUNDBITE (English) Edem Wosornu, Director of Operations and Advocacy, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“We need unhindered and unfettered humanitarian access to the people who needs us the most. In Khartoum, where access to those in need remains enormously challenging, some assistance is being provided with the dwindling resources that are still available locally. But we have not been able to guarantee passage for a humanitarian convoy to the capital to replenish these supplies since late June.”
14.Wide shot, Security Council
15.SOUNDBITE (English) Edem Wosornu, Director of Operations and Advocacy, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):
“It is urgent that we re-establish a forum for direct and regular contact on humanitarian issues with the parties at a senior level, to negotiate access and protect the space for humanitarian operations in Sudan. We need the strong support of Member States to facilitate this.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“We must all urge the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces to end the bloodshed and end the suffering of the Sudanese people. There is no acceptable military solution to this conflict. And peace cannot wait another day.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council
19. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Al-Harith Idriss Al-Harith Mohamed, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Sudan:
“Sudan stresses that it completely is committed to cooperate with the United Nations especially OCHA to facilitate humanitarian access to those in need. The government of the Sudan is keen on addressing the humanitarian situation that was triggered by the war.”
20.Wide shot, Security Council
21. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Al-Harith Idriss Al-Harith Mohamed, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Sudan:
“The UN, especially OCHA, should cooperate and coordinate with the affected country in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation and according to their priorities assessed by the affected countries. Such cooperation should include all priorities, including the geographical scope of a distribution of aid according to a General Assembly Resolution 182/64.”
22. Wide shot, Security Council
23. Wide shot, US Ambassador at the stakeout
24. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“As I told the Council just now, while we were grateful for the ASG's participation, we had expected that SRSG Perthes was going to brief the Council. We now know that the Sudanese government threatened to end the UN Mission in Sudan if the SRSG participated in this briefing. And that was really outrageous, and I did make that point in the Council. No country should be able to bully a briefer into silence, let alone the United Nations.”
24. Wide shot, US Ambassador leaving the stakeout
25. Wide shot, Sudanese Ambassador at the stakeout
26. SOUNDBITE (English) Al-Harith Idriss Al-Harith Mohamed, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Sudan:
“I declare here Sudan suppors the work of UNITAMS. Sudan is not bargaining by threats or anything, we are not in the position of threatening, multilateral relations does not require threats. We believe in the new roadmap that His Excellency the Secretary-General has unleashed regarding the New Peace Agenda and we committed by them.”
28. Wide shot, Sudanese Ambassador leaving the stakeout

STORYLINE:

Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, told the Security Council that there needs to be a negotiated solution to end the war in Sudan as soon as possible, “the longer this war continues, the greater the risk of fragmentation, and foreign interference and erosion of sovereignty, and the loss of Sudan's future.”

Pobee today (09 Aug) briefed the Security Council on the situation in Sudan. She said that the conflict continues to have immense repercussions on the country and its people and emphasized that now is the time to end this senseless war and return to negotiations.

She said, “The indiscriminate and sometimes targeted attacks on civilians and civilian objects and infrastructure continue, particularly in Khartoum, Darfur, and North Kordofan, as the parties continue to disregard calls to protect civilians and uphold their international human rights and humanitarian law obligations. »

The Assistant Secretary-General for Africa highlighted, “Sexual violence continues to be perpetrated on a large scale, while children continue to be killed or victimized or are at risk of being recruited to fight.”

Briefing the Council as well was Edem Wosornu, Director of Operations and Advocacy at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

She said that the situation is particularly alarming in Khartoum, as well as Darfur and Kordofan regions. She added that 80 per cent of hospitals across the country are not functioning, and that 14 million children in Sudan – half of all children in the country - need humanitarian support. “

Wosornu said, “Reports of ethnic-based violence in West Darfur are extremely alarming, with numerous civilians killed or wounded,” adding that “The intense fighting and difficult operating environment are constraining our ability to deliver urgent humanitarian assistance, which is urgently required - this is only deepening the suffering of people there.”

The senior OCHA official reiterated, “We need unhindered and unfettered humanitarian access to the people who needs us the most.”

She continued, “In Khartoum, where access to those in need remains enormously challenging, some assistance is being provided with the dwindling resources that are still available locally.”

However, Wosornu said that OCHA has not been able to guarantee passage for a humanitarian convoy to the capital to replenish these supplies since late June.
“It is urgent that we re-establish a forum for direct and regular contact on humanitarian issues with the parties at a senior level, to negotiate access and protect the space for humanitarian operations in Sudan. We need the strong support of Member States to facilitate this,” the OCHA senior official urged,

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield also spoke at the Council in her national capacity.

She reiterated, “We must all urge the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces to end the bloodshed and end the suffering of the Sudanese people. There is no acceptable military solution to this conflict. And peace cannot wait another day.”

Sudanese Ambassador Al-Harith Idriss Al-Harith Mohamed stressed that his government is completely committed to cooperate with the United Nations especially OCHA to facilitate humanitarian access to those in need.

“The government of the Sudan is keen on addressing the humanitarian situation that was triggered by the war,” the Ambassador said.

Ambassador Mohamed also said, “The UN, especially OCHA, should cooperate and coordinate with the affected country in the spirit of collaboration and cooperation and according to their priorities assessed by the affected countries.”

He said that such cooperation should include “all priorities, including the geographical scope of a distribution of aid according to a General Assembly Resolution 182/64.”

After the meeting, US Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield spoke to reporters in her national capacity.

She said, “As I told the Council just now, while we were grateful for the ASG's participation, we had expected that SRSG Perthes was going to brief the Council.”

The UN Ambassador continued, “We now know that the Sudanese government threatened to end the UN Mission in Sudan if the SRSG participated in this briefing. And that was really outrageous, and I did make that point in the Council. No country should be able to bully a briefer into silence, let alone the United Nations.”

In response, Sudanese Ambassador Al-Harith Idriss Al-Harith Mohamed declared that “Sudan supports the work of UNITAMS.”

He said, “Sudan is not bargaining by threats or anything, we are not in the position of threatening, multilateral relations does not require threats.”

He concluded, “We believe in the new roadmap that His Excellency the Secretary-General has unleashed regarding the New Peace Agenda and we committed by them.”

On 9 June, Sudan declared Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), Volker Perthes, ‘persona non grata’.
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