Volker Perthes briefs Security Council on situation in Sudan

The head of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), Volker Perthes, briefed the UN Security Council on the latest developments in the country.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

Volker Perthes briefed the UN Security Council Briefing on the topic of Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok’s initiative and the progress made with the “historic” reform made to the Freedom and Change coalition last week.

The head of UNITAMS welcomed the development and hoped it would lead to the swift formation of the Legislative Council, with at least 40% female representation as stipulated in the constitutional document.

Perthes noted in his briefing that the government has produced a draft law on the constitution-making process, subject to public consultation, with the UN providing technical support in this regard and in drafting the law on the Electoral Commission.

He commended the launch of the Sudanese Partnership Forum, which is meant to facilitate coordination and alignment of development of humanitarian assistance between Sudan and its donors.

The UNITAMS director also noted the increase in the number of people newly displaced by the economic crisis and intercommunal conflicts between January and August, remarking that it is six times the number it was during the same period last year.

He also voiced concerns over the regional issues the country is facing, namely the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Fashaga border issues Sudan is currently engulfed in with neighboring Ethiopia.

Volker Perthes expressed high hopes for the Permanent Ceasefire Committee but noted that these hopes are misplaced when it comes to the issue of protecting civilians.

He explained that even though the committee can aid with providing stability in Darfur, its role is more concerned with reporting, monitoring, and trying to reconcile rather than providing physical protection.

With regards to the rise in intercommunal violence, Perthes saw that the violence necessitates urgency in supporting Sudanese police forces and deploying the joint forces.

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