The Security Council received a briefing from the Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Bintou Keita, on the latest developments in Darfur, Sudan. As co-penholders for Sudan in the Security Council we wanted to share the following Statement:
We are deeply concerned by the latest unprecedented violence in Darfur and condemn the loss of civilian life. We call for the immediate cessation of violence against civilians. In order to achieve sustainable peace in Darfur, and wider Sudan, the root causes of the conflict must be addressed. It is also critical that all armed groups who have yet to engage meaningfully in the peace process do so immediately and without pre-condition.
We today expressed our support for the efforts of the Government of Sudan and commended their commitment to comprehensively address peace, security and civilian protection in Darfur, and Sudan more widely. As bilateral and multilateral partners to Sudan, we will continue to support these efforts.
We also commend the support provided by the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to the Government of Sudan in response to these latest incidents of violence. We encourage continued cooperation between the Government of Sudan and UNAMID, and its engagement with the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission (UNITAMS), particularly on civilian protection in Darfur.