The Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Anna Evstigneeva, noted that the UNAMID operation in Darfur had “successfully completed its tasks”.
According to the Russian news agency TASS, the Russian representative to the UN expressed that, after the UNAMID had successfully completed its tasks, focus should now shift towards prioritizing the country’s recovery and economic development.
“It’s time to give priority to the region’s recovery and economic development,” the Russian diplomat said.
On Monday, Atul Khare, the Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support at the UN, told ambassadors of the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)’s closure and final liquidation.
The secretary general said that “nearly 6,000 troops and police were repatriated from the Sudanese province ahead of the drawdown deadline of 30 June” in reference to the UNAMID ending its 13 yearlong mandate last December, with the deadline for complete evacuation being set for June of 2022.
UNAMID has handed over $41 million in equipment and facilities to local authorities in Sudan, with enough hypochlorite salt – used to purify water – to meet the cooking and drinking needs for one million people for one whole year.
“It is critical that the Government of Sudan makes every effort to ensure that this enormous reserve of facilities and equipment is sustainably applied to national imperatives for civilian use,” Khare said.