Check Against Delivery
Today is a good day for the Security Council. We have collectively answered the call of Sudan to support its political transition from authoritarian regime to an inclusive and representative government.
But more importantly, we hope that this day marks the beginning of an even stronger and more coherent support by the United Nations to Sudan’s transition – support that delivers concrete benefits and that helps to fulfill the aspirations of the Sudanese people for a peaceful, stable, democratic, and prosperous future.
The new United Nations mission that the Security Council has established today offers a broad support package, based on the requests of the Government of Sudan.
The United Nations Integrated Transition Mission (UNITAMS) will work on four strategic objectives:
- political transition, democratic governance & protection and promotion of human rights;
- peace processes and implementation of future peace agreements;
- peacebuilding, civilian protection and rule of law, in particular in Darfur and the Two Areas;
- mobilisation of economic and development assistance and coordination of humanitarian assistance.
Let’s be realistic: all of these tasks are enormous. And the United Nations mission cannot deliver on those objectives alone. This is an assistance mission. The Sudanese government and all Sudanese stakeholders need to work together – the United Nations will and should be there to support, to advise, to assist.
And there are some areas where we need a broader international support package. This is true in the area of economic recovery and development. This is why Germany is partnering with Sudan, the European Union and the United Nations to host a virtual high-level partnership conference on 25 June from Berlin. With this conference we want to send a strong signal of joint support to a successful democratic transition. In addition we aim at mobilizing financial resources from international partners to assist the urgently required reform process in Sudan.
And let us also be frank about another area where the mission has to work in close coordination and complementarity with others: this is the area of peacebuilding, of strengthening accountability and the rule of law institutions and of protecting human rights, especially in the conflict-affected regions of Sudan. UNITAMS has a clear mandate for these tasks. But it is not a peacekeeping operation. And as much as Germany supports a transition from peacekeeping to peacebuilding: there are still concerns about the protection of civilians in Darfur which merit a peacekeeping response. This is why it is important that the Council has also extended the mandate of UNAMID until the end of this year and has asked the United Nations and the African Union to provide the Council with an analysis of the situation on the ground, before any decision on the future of UNAMID will be made.
Today is also a good day because it ushers in a new era of partnerships. A partnership between the ‘New Sudan’ and the Security Council that should be built on trust and not on confrontation as it was sometimes the case with the former regime. We value the open and frank discussion with our partners in Sudan about this new mandate.
Partnership is also relevant when it comes to the role of the African Union. Germany very much welcomes the intention of the African Union to continue to accompany Sudan on its path of a political transition.
We would like to thank all partners in the Council for their support during these negotiations which have led to the unanimous adoption of the two resolutions.
It would be remiss of me not to thank our British co-pen-holders for the really outstanding collaboration throughout the long months of preparing this mandate, with a special “thank you” to the UK team here in New York.