UN / SUDAN UNITAMS

01-Dec-2023 00:03:44
The Security Council adopted a resolution that terminates the mandate of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) as of 3 December. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 01 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

01 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council members voting
3. Wide shot, Security Council
4. Med shot, James Kariuki UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN speaking at the Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) James Kariuki, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN:
“The United Kingdom would not have chosen to close UNITAMS at this moment. We commend the work done by the mission before and since the outbreak of the conflict. But given the unequivocal demand of the Sudanese authorities for the immediate termination of UNITAMS, we have worked tirelessly as penholder to agree a compromise to allow an orderly transition and liquidation. We reiterate that the Sudanese authorities remain responsible for the safety and security of UNITAMS stuff and assets during this transition.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) James Kariuki, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN:
“There can be no military solution to this conflict, and the two warring parties should engage in meaningful talks towards a permanent ceasefire and transfer of power to the civilian administration.
8. Med shot, Ghana Ambassador Agyeman speaking at the Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Harold Adlai Agyeman, Permanent Representative of Ghana to The United Nations:
“The situation and in the Darfur and other parts of the Sudan are disturbing. And we must all respond to the call of the suffering Sudanese people for a cessation of the hostilities, the protection of civilians and the provision of humanitarian assistance to the numerous displaced persons among others. As members of A3 we are rightfully more concerned by the situation and will continue to engage constructively within the council and our constant our continental context, the processes required to abate the fighting.”
10. Med shot, Russian Ambassador Anna M. Evstigneeva speaking at the Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Anna M. Evstigneeva, Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations:
“We cannot agree with the provisions of the Resolution which stipulate in the absence of representative of the Mission in Sudan and there should be a report on the situation in this country. As we have seen many times, the documents which are drafted under such conditions could show that they have no link to reality and are not reliable, and the risks of politicization is only growing, but some members of the Council were not deterred by that, because the most important thing for them is to retain the possibility of exerting pressure on the country, considered by the Council and imposing their own agenda on this. We would like to say that this is a reflection of a disdainful attitude of the collective west, to the issues experiencing by the countries of the global south and it is in this spirit of an outdated constantly resurrected colonial approaches.”
12. Med shot, Sudanese diplomat Dafalla Al-Haj Ali Osman at the Council
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dafalla Al-Haj Ali Osman, The special envoy of the Chairman of Sudan's Sovereignty Council:
“We thank the Security Council for positively responding to the request of the Government of the Sudan to terminate the mandate of UNITAMS. We affirm the government's readiness to continue constructive engagement with the UN by strengthening cooperation with country team to work on issues of recovery, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and development support.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The Security Council adopted a resolution that terminates the mandate of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) as of 3 December.

The results of the votes are 14 votes in favor, 1 vote abstain (Russia), zero against.

Speaking to the Council today (01 Dec) as the penholder of the resolution, British Ambassador James Kariuki said, “the United Kingdom would not have chosen to close UNITAMS at this moment. We commend the work done by the mission before and since the outbreak of the conflict. But given the unequivocal demand of the Sudanese authorities for the immediate termination of UNITAMS, we have worked tirelessly as penholder to agree a compromise to allow an orderly transition and liquidation.”

He reiterated, “the Sudanese authorities remain responsible for the safety and security of UNITAMS stuff and assets during this transition.”
Ambassador Kariuki also said, “There can be no military solution to this conflict, and the two warring parties should engage in meaningful talks towards a permanent ceasefire and transfer of power to the civilian administration.

Speaking on behalf of the A3 (Gabon, Ghana, Mozambique), Ghanian Ambassador Harold Adlai Agyeman said, “The situation and in the Darfur and other parts of the Sudan are disturbing. And we must all respond to the call of the suffering Sudanese people for a cessation of the hostilities, the protection of civilians and the provision of humanitarian assistance to the numerous displaced persons among others.”

As members of A3, Ambassador Agyeman said, “we are rightfully more concerned by the situation and will continue to engage constructively within the council and our constant our continental context, the processes required to abate the fighting.”

Explaining the abstain vote, Russian Ambassador Anna M. Evstigneeva said, “We cannot agree with the provisions of the Resolution which stipulate in the absence of representative of the Mission in Sudan and there should be a report on the situation in this country.”

She continued, “As we have seen many times, the documents which are drafted under such conditions could show that they have no link to reality and are not reliable, and the risks of politicization is only growing, but some members of the Council were not deterred by that, because the most important thing for them is to retain the possibility of exerting pressure on the country, considered by the Council and imposing their own agenda on this.”

Ambassador Evstigneeva concluded, “We would like to say that this is a reflection of a disdainful attitude of the collective west, to the issues experiencing by the countries of the global south and it is in this spirit of an outdated constantly resurrected colonial approaches.”

Dafalla Al-Haj Ali Osman, the special envoy of the Chairman of Sudan's Sovereignty Council, also spoke to the members of the Council.

He said, “We thank the Security Council for positively responding to the request of the Government of the Sudan to terminate the mandate of UNITAMS,” adding that “we affirm the government's readiness to continue constructive engagement with the UN by strengthening cooperation with country team to work on issues of recovery, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and development support.”
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