Sat 03 Jun 2023 9:34 am - Jerusalem Time
The UN Security Council urges a cease-fire in Sudan
The UN Security Council on Friday urged the parties concerned in Sudan to immediately cease hostilities and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid.
In a press statement, the members of the Security Council stressed "the need for the parties to immediately cease hostilities, facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance, establish a permanent ceasefire arrangement, and resume the process aimed at reaching a lasting, comprehensive and democratic political settlement in Sudan."
"The members of the Security Council strongly condemn all attacks on the civilian population, United Nations and associated personnel, and humanitarian workers, as well as civilian objects, medical personnel and facilities, and looting of humanitarian supplies," the statement said.
The statement indicated, "They called on all parties to ensure the rapid, safe and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian assistance throughout Sudan, in accordance with the relevant provisions of international law and in line with the United Nations guiding principles in the field of humanitarian assistance, including humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence." ".
Council members stressed the need to strengthen international coordination and continue cooperation. They reaffirmed their firm support for Africa's leading role and referred to the African Union's roadmap for resolving the conflict in Sudan.
The roadmap outlines six elements, including the establishment of a coordination mechanism to ensure the coherence and operationalization of all efforts by regional and global actors; an immediate, permanent, complete and comprehensive cessation of hostilities; and achieving an effective humanitarian response.
Council members also welcomed the signing by the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces of the Declaration of Commitment to Protect Civilians in Sudan (the Jeddah Declaration) on 11 May in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, “in recognition of the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces’ responsibilities and obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”
They called on the signatories to fulfill their responsibilities and obligations. Council members also welcomed the signing on May 20 of a seven-day ceasefire, and stressed the importance of these commitments being fully implemented by the signatories of the Jeddah Declaration.