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Head of Sudan panel calls to review UN sanctions in support of Darfur stability


Joanna Wronecka, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to the UN and Chair of Sudan ans S. Sudan Sanctions Committees, briefs the Council on 14 March 2018 (UN Photo)
December 13, 2019 (WASHINGTON) - The head of UN Security Council sanctions committee called to explore ways allowing to use the sanctions as a means to support the largely normalized situation in Darfur.

Joanna Wronecka briefed the Security Council on Thursday about the finding of her recent visit to Khartoum and Darfur from 11 to 14 November, where she met with the government officials and IDPs representatives.

The transitional government and armed groups in the country have agreed on a cessation of hostilities and engaging talks in Juba to reach a political agreement to address the root causes of the conflicts across the country.

In her briefing, Wronecka said that the security situation in Darfur "with no doubt" has "largely normalized", except in limited areas of Jebel Marra held by a holdout group.

"Many challenges remain in the area of humanitarian and human rights situation and the root causes of conflict have yet to be addressed, including through creating conditions for the return of IDPs to their homes," she said.

Referring to the Juba process, the Polish diplomat said the stakeholders from the civil society groups and IDPs have clear expectations to be included in the Juba process and called on the sanction Committee to "help foster this hope".

"It is therefore that I encourage the Committee and the Council to explore different options to how the tool of sanctions might support and acknowledge the achievements made so far by the Sudanese authorities and its people," she concluded.

On 7 February 2019, the UN Security Council extended for 13 months the mandate of the expert panel charged with overseeing the arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze imposed on those obstructing peace in Darfur.

At the time, the Council requested the expert body to provide the sanctions committee with a final report by 13 January 2020. Also, it expressed its intention to regularly review the measures on Darfur considering the evolving situation on the ground.

In his speech before the 15-member body, Sudanese Ambassador to the UN Omer Mohamed Ahmed Siddig called on the Council to start reviewing and ending the sanctions regime during the coming period to enable the government of Sudan to normalize the security situation in Darfur ahead of rehabilitation and development projects, as he said.

"As you know, there is an urgent need to enable the security services in Sudan to face the challenges that surround Sudan, especially the issues of illegal immigration, human trafficking, arms smuggling and cross-border crime that spread in the region," he said.


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  • 14 December 2019 11:12, by Pakuai

    Fellows, read these links:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hnb2llYkY8s
    This Yasmin Sooka was brought by the UN to investigate the bullying of women and girls in Yei River state>>>>

    • 14 December 2019 11:22, by Pakuai

      She is from Sri Lanka, her people were bullied by some criminals who now rule Sri Linka. "Tamil tigers took up arms in 1983", the same Year the our mighty SPLM/A took up arms. ’Tamil tigers lost the war’, but the mighty SPLM/A won the war. If the SPLM/A bullied women, we wouldn’t have gone anywhere, simple and plain. I am not insinuating that the ’Tamil Tigers’ would have fought the war>>>

      • 14 December 2019 11:35, by Pakuai

        differently than our mighty SPLM/A. The Tamil Tigers even had air force then, but the SPLM/A didn’t has any, but our mighty SPLM/A manage to bring down some of our cloned so-called arab North Sudan military airplanes, with our then SPLA "ragtags weapons". The SPLM/A was backed very powerful communities in South Sudan, Nuba Mountains and Southern Blue Nile.>>>

        • 14 December 2019 11:50, by Pakuai

          By the way, some ’Sri Lankans, Indians, Pakistanis, Nepalese and some of their other criminals like South Koreans, the vermin brought here as UN so-called peacekeepers into our country. We are going to bomb them out of South Sudan, Kenya, South Africa and out of Africa once and for all, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM’>>>

          • 15 December 2019 10:15, by Fathi

            What is the purpose of posting that 14 second video of that little girl? If the SPLM/A brought down any planes it was because of US "humanitarian aid" smuggling the weapons to do so. Watch, they will do the same thing now in South Sudan.

            • 15 December 2019 10:19, by Fathi

              The tamil tigers were terrorists that created the suicide vests. You shouldn’t compare them to the SPLM/A

  • 15 December 2019 10:26, by Fathi

    I don’t trust these people. What exactly do they mean by "security services" The security situation, arms smuggling , trafficking, and cross-border crime wouldn’t have been as big of an issue if NATO didn’t bomb Libya and kill Gaddafi.

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