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UNITAMS mandate extended in Sudan for another year

The UNITAMS mandate has been unanimously approved for one more year, until June 2023, during the last UN Security Council meeting.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

On Friday, member nations of the UN Security Council voted unanimously on renewing the United Nations Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) for another year, until June 03, 2023.

Background

On 27 May, Sudan’s penholder (body responsible for issuing mandate), the UK, under silence procedure – a “no objection” decision – placed a draft text containing a 12-month extension with no changes to the UNITAMS mandate.

No Security Council member objected on that draft and it passed on 31st May.

The penholder initially included “new preambular language reflecting the situation on the ground since the military coup” stipulation with the mandate.

Council members later’ in a press statement, agreed to use the term “military takeover”, to describe the situation on-ground in Sudan.

The draft text also sought to condemn the Sudanese security forces’ violence against protesters, welcomed the “recently formed trilateral cooperation mechanism between the AU, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the UN” that has been facilitating a Sudanese-led process to end the political crisis, and condemned the violence in Darfur.

Sudan had objected initially, stating that the text was “unbalanced and lacked objectivity.”

It insisted on a “technical rollover” of the mandate and conveyed its position to other Council members.

China, Russia, India, Ghana, Kenya, the Gabon, also supported Sudan’s “technical rollover” request, with India proposing amendments to the draft text; a matter which the penholder, the UK, was then forced to comply with.

Strained Relationship

The relationship between UNITAMS and Sudan has been rocky ever since the 25th October military coup.

In April, Sudan’s military coup leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, threatened to expel head of UNITAMS Volker Perthes from the country after accusing him of “overstepping his mandate.”

A few days ago, hundreds of protestors, including supporters of Islamist groups critical of the mission’s role, called for Perthes resignation.

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