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The Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, said that hostilities have intensified in recent weeks in Sudan. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 16 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

16 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Med shot, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations sitting, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“The conflict in Sudan has been raging for more than seven months with no sign of de-escalation. On the contrary, hostilities have intensified in recent weeks. While both warring parties have declared a readiness to negotiate a ceasefire, their actions on the ground suggest otherwise.”
4. Med shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“Sudan is facing a convergence of a worsening humanitarian calamity and a catastrophic human rights crisis. More than 6,000 civilians, including women and children, have been killed since April. Sudan is now the world’s largest displacement crisis, with 7.1 million people displaced. The health situation also remains extremely worrying.”
6. Med shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“While a ceasefire must be put in place by the warring parties, no durable solution can emerge without engaging civilians as the paramount stakeholders in a political process.”
8. Med shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“Given the dramatically changed circumstances on the ground since the outbreak of the conflict, the Secretary-General has initiated a strategic review of UNITAMS to provide this Council with options on how to adapt the Mission’s mandate to better fit the current context. This will help ensure that the Mission’s objectives and priorities adequately reflect the needs of the Sudanese people and support Sudan on its path towards peace and stability.”
10. Med shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“It is high time that the warring sides recognized the futility of continued fighting and prioritized dialogue and de-escalation. It is also important that the situation in Sudan does not fall off the international radar, but rather, that the international community renews its commitment to revitalize collective and coordinated peace efforts under the leadership of the region.”
12. Med shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Al-Harith Idriss Al-Harith Mohamed, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Sudan:
“I would like to give you the decision of the government of Sudan, which is that the mission should come to an end according to the letter addressed to the Secretary-General today.”
14. Med shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:
The Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, said today (16 Nov) that hostilities have intensified recently in Sudan.

Addressing the Security Council, Pobee said, “The conflict in Sudan has been raging for more than seven months with no sign of de-escalation.”

She also said, “While both warring parties have declared a readiness to negotiate a ceasefire, their actions on the ground suggest otherwise.”

She added, “Sudan is facing a convergence of a worsening humanitarian calamity and a catastrophic human rights crisis. More than 6,000 civilians, including women and children, have been killed since April. Sudan is now the world’s largest displacement crisis, with 7.1 million people displaced. The health situation also remains extremely worrying.”

Pobee noted, “While a ceasefire must be put in place by the warring parties, no durable solution can emerge without engaging civilians as the paramount stakeholders in a political process.”

She continued, “Given the dramatically changed circumstances on the ground since the outbreak of the conflict, the Secretary-General has initiated a strategic review of UNITAMS to provide this Council with options on how to adapt the Mission’s mandate to better fit the current context. This will help ensure that the Mission’s objectives and priorities adequately reflect the needs of the Sudanese people and support Sudan on its path towards peace and stability.”

She concluded, “It is high time that the warring sides recognized the futility of continued fighting and prioritized dialogue and de-escalation. It is also important that the situation in Sudan does not fall off the international radar, but rather, that the international community renews its commitment to revitalize collective and coordinated peace efforts under the leadership of the region.”

Al-Harith Idriss Al-Harith Mohamed, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations, said, “I would like to give you the decision of the government of Sudan, which is that the mission should come to an end according to the letter addressed to the Secretary-General today.”
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