Friday, 29 September, 2023

Security Council supports UN presence in Sudan: council president

The Security Council supports the continued presence of the United Nations in Sudan and is expected to renew the mandate of the UN mission in the country, said Lana Zaki Nusseibeh in her capacity as Security Council president.

In Wednesday's closed-door consultations on the situation in Sudan, there was strong support among Security Council members for the work of the United Nations in Sudan, said Nusseibeh, the permanent representative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United Nations, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council for the month of June.

"What I can say is that, what came out of the meeting was a very strong commitment from council members to the essential work of the United Nations on the ground in this crisis. I think that was incredibly clear," she told a press conference on her country's assumption of the Security Council presidency.

"In terms of the meeting, there was support for UNITAMS (UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan) and support for the UN presence on the ground in Sudan to help with the neighboring country situation, but also to help on the ground in Sudan," she said.

The Security Council is expected to extend the mandate of UNITAMS, which expires on Saturday, said Nusseibeh.

The issue is currently under discussion. As president of the Security Council, the UAE is prepared to schedule a meeting to vote on the extension of the mandate of UNITAMS, she said.

Guterres received a letter on Friday from Sudanese army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, in which Guterres was reportedly asked to replace Perthes, who also heads UNITAMS.