According to a letter that was sent to the Security Council, Sudan has notified the head of the United Nations that the conclusion of the United Nations political mission in the war-torn nation will take place “immediately.”
“the decision of the government of Sudan to terminate the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) with immediate effect,” Foreign Minister Ali Elsadig Ali informed Antonio Guterres of in an official letter written in Arabic and dated Thursday. The letter was accompanied by an English version written by the Sudanese ambassador to the United Nations.
According to the English version, the mission of UNITAMS was intended to “assist the transitional government of Sudan after the revolution that took place in December 2018.” However, the government of Sudan stated that the mission had revealed to be “disappointing.”
On the other hand, Khartoum stated that it will continue to collaborate with the United Nations in a ” constructive” manner.
On Friday, Stephane Dujarric, a spokeswoman for Guterres, stated that the timetable for the mission’s mandate was set to expire on December 3.
It was said by him that the Secretary-General has selected Ian Martin to oversee a strategic assessment of the United Nations Mission in Sudan. The purpose of this evaluation is to offer the Security Council with alternatives on how to modify the mandate of the mission.
Ramtane Lamamra, a native of Algeria, was also going to be appointed by Guterres to serve as his personal envoy for Sudan.
According to Dujarric, “We will continue to engage closely with all actors, including the authorities in Sudan and members of the Security Council, in order to clarify the next steps.”
According to Dujarric, UNITAMS has a total of 245 employees, 88 of whom are located in Port Sudan. Additionally, there are employees located outside of Sudan in Nairobi and Addis Ababa.
Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, the assistant secretary general for Africa at the United Nations, delivered a speech to the Security Council on Thursday in which she condemned the extension of the violence to other regions of Sudan. Sudan already has the highest number of people who have been displaced anywhere in the world.
“A worsening humanitarian catastrophe and a catastrophic human rights crisis are converging on Sudan,” she added. “Sudan is facing a convergence of these two crises.”
Following nearly seven months of fighting between the Sudanese army, which is led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhane, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which is led by General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, the United Nations’ chief of humanitarian operations, Martin Griffiths, stated on Monday that there are nearly 25 million people in Sudan who require assistance from humanitarian organizations.
According to an estimate provided by the non-governmental organization Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (Acled), which is largely believed to be an underestimate, the civil war, which began on April 15, has resulted in the deaths of more over 10,000 people.