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11-Jun-2018 00:02:19
The Head of UN Peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, told the Security Council that the situation in Darfur has changed “radically for the better” and, as the needs of the people have changed, “the international community must adapt its support accordingly. UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 11 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

11 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“The situation in Darfur has changed radically for the better since the height of the conflict, and the needs of the people have changed with it. The Special Report that is before you is a recognition that the international community must adapt its support accordingly. What it proposes, is a way to draw on the capabilities of the entire UN system in partnership with the AU to better tailor our work to the reality on the ground. As the UN refocuses its support to Darfur, it will need the committed backing of the Government of Sudan, the United Nation country team, and humanitarian partners, as well as the troop and police contributing countries and the members of this Council to navigate the significant changes.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“The peacekeeping mission should be directed to the area where it is most needed, namely at the site of continued conflict in the Jebel Marra. In the rest of Darfur, the UN system should leverage the capabilities of the agencies, funds, and programmes best suites at tackling the problems that remain there. Now is the time to plan for the future of UN and AU support to Darfur by closely linking the drawdown in peacekeeping to the buildup in peacebuilding and development.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United Nations:
“The root causes of the conflict in Darfur remain largely unaddressed, but UNAMID no longer represents the appropriate tool to address these remaining challenges. The Strategic Review clearly puts that the situation in Darfur is no longer characterized as an armed conflict between Government forces and non-state actors, but as that of lawlessness and criminality.”
8. Med shot, Lacroix
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Magdi Ahmed Mofadal Elnour, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations:
“The situation in Darfur now speaks for itself and it proves that peace has become a tangible fact seen all over Darfur, even those small pockets under the control of the rebel faction, Abdul Wahid, have a popular sentiment that is pushing for comprehensive reconciliation and sustained peace.”
9. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
The Head of UN Peacekeeping, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, told the Security Council today (11 Jun) that the situation in Darfur has changed “radically for the better” and, as the needs of the people have changed, “the international community must adapt its support accordingly.

Briefing the Council on the African Union (AU)-United Nations (UN) Special Report on the Strategic Review of the AU-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Lacroix said the report “is a way to draw on the capabilities of the entire UN system in partnership with the AU to better tailor our work to the reality on the ground.”

He said that “as the UN refocuses its support to Darfur, it will need the committed backing of the Government of Sudan, the United Nation country team, and humanitarian partners, as well as the troop and police contributing countries and the members of this Council to navigate the significant changes.”

Lacroix said, UNAMID “should be directed to the area where it is most needed, namely at the site of continued conflict in the Jebel Marra.”

In the rest of Darfur, HE SAID, “the UN system should leverage the capabilities of the agencies, funds, and programmes best suites at tackling the problems that remain there.”

He added that “now is the time to plan for the future of UN and AU support to Darfur by closely linking the drawdown in peacekeeping to the buildup in peacebuilding and development.”

Ethiopian Ambassador Tekeda Alemu told the meeting that “the root causes of the conflict in Darfur remain largely unaddressed, but UNAMID no longer represents the appropriate tool to address these remaining challenges.”

He said, “the Strategic Review clearly puts that the situation in Darfur is no longer characterized as an armed conflict between Government forces and non-state actors, but as that of lawlessness and criminality.”

For his part, Sudan’s Ambassador Magdi Ahmed Mofadal Elnour said, “the situation in Darfur now speaks for itself and it proves that peace has become a tangible fact seen all over Darfur, even those small pockets under the control of the rebel faction, Abdul Wahid, have a popular sentiment that is pushing for comprehensive reconciliation and sustained peace.”
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