Diplomatic Sources: UNAMID Will Exit From (3) New Sites in Darfur

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Recently Representatives of the Government of the Sudan (GoS), the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) met in New York for the 26th meeting of the Tripartite Coordination Mechanism (TCM) on UNAMID.

The GoS delegation was led by H.E. Ambassador Elghani Elnaim Awad Elkarim, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Sudan. The AU delegation was led by H.E. Ambassador Smaïl Chergui, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security. The UN delegation was led by Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support, Ms Lisa Buttenheim, and the UNAMID delegation was led by the Joint Special Representative, H.E. Ambassador Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo.

In their remarks GoS, AU and UN welcomed the progress made in the implementation of Phase one of the UNAMID’s reconfiguration plan, and committed to work in the same spirit of mutual cooperation and support towards the implementation of Phase two and beyond. In this context, the Government of Sudan requested details on the establishment of the temporary operating base in Golo, to which UNAMID committed to reply.

Diplomatic sources told SMC that the parties stressed the coordination and joint cooperation in order to enable the mission to fully authorize and prepare for its exit according to strategic recommendations.

The Sources pointing out that the next period will see arrangements for the exit of UNAMID from (3) new sites in Darfur, indicating that the joint meeting has approved that.

The sources stressed that the mission should implement the recommendations of resolution (2363), which approved reconstruction and development in addition to hand over to the country team the tasks assigned to it.