UN / DARFUR

25-Feb-2019 00:01:45
UN Assistant Secretary-General Bintou Keita said the State of Emergency declared by Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir came at a time when the Darfur peace process had come to a standstill adding that “some rebel groups have demonstrated a stiffening of their position.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / DARFUR
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 25 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

25 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, ambassadors
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“The impact of the recent developments in Khartoum on the dynamics related to the peace process in Darfur is yet to be assessed, but the replacement of all Walis, governors, will have a bearing on the process and some rebel groups have demonstrated a stiffening of their position.”
5. Wide shot, Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“Allow me to stress that the United Nations System has made considerable political, humanitarian, and peacekeeping investments, since the escalation of the conflict in Darfur fifteen years ago. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that the exit of UNAMID does not create a vacuum that leads to persistent local level tensions or new risk factors.”
7. Wide shot, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“The Jebel Marra area is still a conflict zone, without the cessation of hostilities. Overall, there are still close to two million internally displaced people in Darfur. Local capacity for the rule of law needs to be strengthened for the prevention and resolution of inter-communal tensions, particularly where clashes persist over access to land, migration routes, and other sources of livelihood. Human rights issues including the protection of women, children, and vulnerable youth from violence, remain significant.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
UN Assistant Secretary-General Bintou Keita said the State of Emergency declared by Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir came at a time when the Darfur peace process had come to a standstill adding that “some rebel groups have demonstrated a stiffening of their position.”

Keita was briefing the Security Council today (25 Feb) on the situation in Darfur, following her recent visit to the Sudanese region alongside the Head of the Peacebuilding Support Office and the Head of the Regional Bureau of Arab States in UNDP. The visit aimed to inject momentum into the transition process and convey joint messages on the withdrawal of the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and the transition to the Government of Sudan, UN interlocutors and key partners.

In her briefing, the Assistant Secretary-General noted that federal and the state governments were dissolved, while maintaining the national and state assemblies, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Defence as part of the state of emergency declared on Friday. In addition, 18 new Governors from the military and security apparatus were appointed to replace the dismissed Walis. She added, “The impact of the recent developments in Khartoum on the dynamics related to the peace process in Darfur is yet to be assessed, but the replacement of all Walis, governors, will have a bearing on the process and some rebel groups have demonstrated a stiffening of their position.”

Keita said the frequency of inter-communal tensions and other security incidents remain relatively low in Darfur, except for a few hotspots, particularly in Jebel Marra.

SOUNDBITE (English) Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations, United Nations:
“The Jebel Marra area is still a conflict zone, without the cessation of hostilities. Overall, there are still close to two million internally displaced people in Darfur. Local capacity for the rule of law needs to be strengthened for the prevention and resolution of inter-communal tensions, particularly where clashes persist over access to land, migration routes, and other sources of livelihood. Human rights issues including the protection of women, children, and vulnerable youth from violence, remain significant.”

She stressed that the UN system had made “considerable political, humanitarian, and peacekeeping investments, since the escalation of the conflict in Darfur fifteen years ago.” She said it was our “collective responsibility to ensure that the exit of UNAMID does not create a vacuum that leads to persistent local level tensions or new risk factors.”
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