UN / SUDAN

28-Mar-2022 00:03:53
The head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), Volker Perthes, told the Security Council, “the aspirations of Sudanese women and men for a prosperous, civilian-led, democratic future are at risk. Unless the current trajectory is corrected, the country will head towards an economic and security collapse, and significant humanitarian suffering.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 28 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

28 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITER (English) Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS):
“The aspirations of Sudanese women and men for a prosperous, civilian-led, democratic future are at risk. Unless the current trajectory is corrected, the country will head towards an economic and security collapse, and significant humanitarian suffering. All Sudanese stakeholders will therefore need to be prepared to make some compromises in the interests of the people, for stability, and prosperity.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITER (English) Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS):
“On 7 March this year, the Central Bank announced the floating of the currency. This resulted in an immediate fall in the value of the Sudanese Pound by over 35 per cent against the US Dollar. At the same time, there have been dramatic price increases for, among other things, bread, fuel, electricity, medicine, health care and public transport. Sudan also risks losing out on billions of external support, as disbursements from the World Bank, IMF and other major donors have been paused, and will continue to be paused as long as no functional government is in place.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITER (English) Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS):
“In the absence of a political solution to the crisis, the security situation has also worsened across the country. Crime and lawlessness are on the rise, and intercommunal conflicts in Darfur have intensified. More concretely: farmers have been dispossessed of their land through violent attacks, household assets been looted, and villages burnt. Women from all parts of the country report deepening concerns for their own safety, even in broad daylight.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITER (English) Volker Perthes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan and Head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS):
“Demands for an end to military rule continue with frequent protests in Khartoum and elsewhere. At the same time, protestors continue to be killed or suffer serious injury from live ammunition. Since late December 2021 arrests have increasingly targeted protest leaders, resistance committee members as well as political leaders on criminal charges. Many have no access to family, lawyers and medical care for weeks.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ammar Mohammed Mahmoud, Counselor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sudan to the UN:
“The report included many exaggerated information or wrong, especially the part on the allegations of sexual violence and violation of human rights and most of what has been incorporated in the report is far from true and is not similar to the government reports of these events. Thus, for the Security Council to be capable of objectively considering the situation in Sudan and assessing it rightfully setting events in context. The reports of the mission must be more credible, impartial and professional. And we have provided you Council with the comments on the report.
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ammar Mohammed Mahmoud, Counselor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sudan to the UN:
“To conclude, Madam President, I'd like to emphasize the importance of the transition period in Sudan will continue their effort to make the transition a success while affirming our commitment to dialogue as an indispensable way to address the challenges of the political transition of the Sudan. We also renew our commitment to work with the international community to meet the challenges that may stand in the way of the Sudan transition process in order to achieve the goal we all aspire for.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), Volker Perthes, told the Security Council, “the aspirations of Sudanese women and men for a prosperous, civilian-led, democratic future are at risk. Unless the current trajectory is corrected, the country will head towards an economic and security collapse, and significant humanitarian suffering.”

Briefing the Council today (28 Mar) on the situation in Sudan, Perthes stated that since his last briefing to this Council in January, the situation in Sudan has not improved. The country has been without a functioning government since the coup of 25 October 2021, protests against the coup and the violent repression of such protests are continuing. As a result, and in the absence of a political agreement to return to an accepted transitional path, the economic situation, the humanitarian and the security situation are deteriorating, said the chief of UNITAMS.

He explained, “on 7 March this year, the Central Bank announced the floating of the currency. This resulted in an immediate fall in the value of the Sudanese Pound by over 35 per cent against the US Dollar. At the same time, there have been dramatic price increases for, among other things, bread, fuel, electricity, medicine, health care and public transport.”

Perthes added, “Sudan also risks losing out on billions of external support, as disbursements from the World Bank, IMF and other major donors have been paused, and will continue to be paused as long as no functional government is in place.”

The chief of UNITAMS also noted that protests in Khartoum and other places, while still basically political, or “anti-coup”, are gradually attaining an additional, socio-economic character with more and louder slogans denouncing rising bread prices and deteriorating living conditions.

He reiterated, “in the absence of a political solution to the crisis, the security situation has also worsened across the country.”

Perthes continued, “Crime and lawlessness are on the rise, and intercommunal conflicts in Darfur have intensified,” adding that “more concretely: farmers have been dispossessed of their land through violent attacks, household assets been looted, and villages burnt. Women from all parts of the country report deepening concerns for their own safety, even in broad daylight.”

In the latest violence this month, the UNITAMS chief said, at least 48 people were killed, and more than 12,000 people were displaced in what is being described as intercommunal conflict in Jebel Moon, West Darfur. According to local reports, the conflict is also about the control over gold resources.

Perthes also said, “Demands for an end to military rule continue with frequent protests in Khartoum and elsewhere.”

He added, that at the same time, “protestors continue to be killed or suffer serious injury from live ammunition.”

Since late December 2021 arrests have increasingly targeted protest leaders, resistance committee members as well as political leaders on criminal charges. Many have no access to family, lawyers and medical care for weeks, said the UNITAMS chief.

In addition, several demonstrators have been subjected to cruel degrading treatment, Perthes reiterated, warning that women continue to be targeted, being subjected to violence and intimidation by members of the security forces.

Sudanese diplomat Ammar Mohammed Mahmoud also briefed the Council. He said that the Mission’s report “included many exaggerated information or wrong, especially the part on the allegations of sexual violence and violation of human rights and most of what has been incorporated in the report is far from true and is not similar to the government reports of these events.”

He continued, “thus, for the Security Council to be capable of objectively considering the situation in Sudan and assessing it rightfully setting events in context,” adding that “the reports of the mission must be more credible, impartial and professional.”

The Sudanese diplomat also emphasized “the importance of the transition period in Sudan will continue their effort to make the transition a success while affirming our commitment to dialogue as an indispensable way to address the challenges of the political transition of the Sudan.”
He also renewed his country’s commitment to “work with the international community to meet the challenges that may stand in the way of the Sudan transition process in order to achieve the goal we all aspire for.”
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