SUDAN / SECURITY COUNCIL

04-Jun-2008 00:03:51
The Security Council's mission to Africa meets with Sudanese Foreign Minister Deng Alor and Presidential Advisor Nafie Al Nafie to discuss the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the North and South of Sudan, and Darfur. UNMIS

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DATELINE: 04 JUNE 2008, KHARTOUM, SUDAN

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1. Wide shot, Security Council members seated at a press conference table
2. Med shot, Security Council members seated at a press conference table
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador John Sawers, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
"We received one piece of news from Dr. Nafie which is that the understanding that the UN Secretary General had reached in private with President Bashir was confirmed – namely that the Sudanese government would accept non-African battalions from non-African contingents from Thailand and Nepal subject to the understanding that the first Ethiopian and Egyptian battalions would deploy before hand. Whilst it's always been a problem to get agreement to the various contingents for UNAMID it is welcome that that agreement has now been confirmed in Public."
4. Med shot, Security Council members seated
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador John Sawers, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
"A significant number of members of the Council raised their concerns about the lack of or the absence Sudanese government co-operation with the International Criminal Court, we had – what I think we can only describe as an unsatisfactory response from Dr. Nafie where he argued that because Sudan was not a party to the Court, it therefore was not required to co-operate with it. We made clear that there was a binding Security Council Resolution requiring the co-operation of the Sudanese Government on it and that we looked to the Government of Sudan to co-operate with the Court."
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations:
"You will recall that on Abyei there has been criticism that the UNMIS – the UN Mission down there was not very helpful, it was because UNMIS was restricted from moving in the south – the southern SPLA didn't allow UNMIS there to move freely and the North didn't allow them to move freely. One of the agreements they have made is that UNMIS is now free to move anywhere it chooses to go."
8. Wide shot, exterior of Friendship Hall where Security Council is meeting
9. Various shots, Security Council members in meeting
10. Close up, Sudanese Ambassador to the United Nations Abdalmahmoud Abdalhaleem
11. Close up, Sudanese Foreign Affairs minister Deng Alor
12. Wide shot, Security Council at meeting
13. Med shot, Sudanese Ambassador to the United Nations Abdalmahmoud Abdalhaleem
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Abdalmahmoud Abdalhaleem, Permanent Represetative of Sudan to the United Nations:
"Ocampo is coming with this to divert the attention on the JEM attack and also to give mixed signals to the rebels to do it again. This is very serious and we hold him accountable and responsible for destroying the peace process in our country."
15 Med shot, officials
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Dirdiri Mohamed, Official from the Government Side in the Abyei Crisis resolution Team
"We were speaking about what had in fact kept us apart for a while associated with the issue of Abyei and we had in fact told the international community through the Security Council that we have made some progress which is going to be announced shortly."
17. Wide shot, exterior of meeting hall



STORYLINE:

The Security Council's mission to Africa just completed its second day of business in Sudan.

At a press conference in Khartoum, British Ambassador to the Security Council John Sawers announced that the Secretary General had reached an agreement with President Bashir of Sudan to accept non-African battalions from non-African contingents from Thailand and Nepal "subject to the understanding that the first Ethiopian and Egyptian battalions would deploy before hand."

Sawers added that it had received an unsatisfactory response from Sudan on the issue of cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC), and it stressed the need for Sudan to respect Security Council resolutions on this issue.

He said that "we made clear that there was a binding Security Council Resolution requiring the cooperation of the Sudanese Government."

The delegation was encouraged by the fact that Sudan would now accept that the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) can move freely in its area of operation.

Earlier, they met with Sudanese Foreign Minister Deng Alor, with Presidential Advisor Nafie Al Nafie, and with Second Vice President Ali Osman Taha.

The Security Council urged Sudan to press ahead with the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and said it was encouraged by the fact that the North and South have been talking following the recent violence in Abyei and have agreed that civilians displaced by violence can now return to their homes.

On Darfur, the Council mission welcomed signs of improved cooperation between the United Nations and Sudan and emphasized the importance of providing protection to UN and other humanitarian convoys in Darfur and the Government agreed to increase its offer toward that goal.
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