Security Council Briefing on the situation in Sudan.
Statement by Ambassador Tarek LADEB,
Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations
On behalf of the A3+1 Group
(Kenya, Niger, Tunisia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
New York, 14th September 2021
I have the honor to deliver this statement on behalf of the A3+1, namely, Kenya, Niger, Tunisia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
We are grateful to the Secretary-General for his report highlighting the activities of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in the Sudan (UNITAMS) (S/2021/766) and recent developments in the country.
We also thank Special Representative and head of UNITAMS, Mr. Volker Perthes, for his comprehensive briefing, Ms. Hala Alkarib, Regional director of SIHA for her presentation and welcome the participation of the representative of Sudan in today’s meeting.
The A3+1 welcome the recent progress made by the Government of Sudan to advance the political transition track, despite acute economic and humanitarian challenges.
While commending the commitment and efforts made by the Sudanese authorities to implement the Juba Peace Agreement, in particular the formation of the Joint High Military Committee for Security Arrangements, the Darfur Permanent Ceasefire Committee and related sectoral and area committees, we reiterate our call to all signatories to continue to implement the JPA key provisions, in order to consolidate the gains made thus far.
We also emphasize that the establishment of the remaining key transitional institutions is critical for advancing an inclusive and sustainable political transition.
Peace in the Sudan will not be complete until all conflicts come to an end. The A3+1 remain concerned by the sporadic inter-communal violence, as well as clashes between the Government forces and certain non-signatory armed groups. These incidents attest to the need for continued efforts to address the root causes of the conflicts.
The A3+1 welcome the progress made in the talks between the transitional Government and the SPLM-N Abdelaziz al-Hilu faction and urge both parties to build on this initial progress and advance a constructive framework for addressing their remaining differences. We commend UNITAMS for its contribution to facilitate these talks as part of its efforts to support peace process and implementation of the JPA.
The A3+1 also urge those who have not yet joined the peace process to do so without delay to give a chance to a sustainable and inclusive peace in Sudan.
The A3+1 welcome the Sudanese Government commitment and efforts to provide full protection to civilians, through the implementation of the National Plan for the Protection of Civilians in as well as promotion of dialogue and reconciliation among the different ethnic communities.
We welcome Sudan's ratification and the entry into force on September 9th of the 2006 U.N. Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and the 1984 Convention Against Torture and Inhuman Punishment.