UN: UN Security Council extends UN/AU Mission Darfur for another year

New York, US (PANA) - Expressing deep concern at the serious deterioration in the security situation in Darfur, the UN Security Council on Monday decided to extend for one year, until 30 June 2016, the mandate of the UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member Council, said the UNAMID, would consist
of 15,845 military personnel, 1,583 police personnel and 13 formed police units of up to
140 personnel each.

It reiterated its endorsement of UNAMID's revised strategic priorities, which will comprise of civilian protection, facilitating delivery of humanitarian assistance and safety and security of humanitarian personnel, as well as mediation between the Sudanese government and non-signatory armed movements on the basis of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, and
support to the mediation of community conflict.

The Council said the mission must also continue to focus on the use of available capacity and resources to the protection of civilians across Darfur, by "continuing to move to a more preventive and pre-emptive posture.

It also stressed the need for enhanced early warning, proactive military deployment and active and effective patrolling in areas at high risk of conflict and high concentration of internally displaced persons, as well as more prompt and effective responses to threats of violence against civilians.

While welcoming progress made in implementation of some elements of the Doha Document, including the completion of some security arrangements, the Council deplored "continuing serious delays" in overall implementation of the accord.

It therefore demanded that all parties to the conflict in Darfur, including in particular the non-signatory armed groups, and other groups to immediately cease all acts of violence, and commit themselves to a sustained and permanent ceasefire.

The resolution also called for an urgent end to inter-tribal clashes, criminality and banditry that affected civilians, and requested UNAMID to continue to support local conflict resolution mechanisms.

In the face of increased human rights violations and abuses in Darfur, the Council called on the Government of Sudan to investigate and bring those responsible to justice, while emphasizing the importance of ensuring UNAMID's and other relevant organizations' ability to monitor such cases.

It requested UNAMID to monitor, verify, and draw to the attention of the authorities abuses and violations of human rights, including those committed against women and children, and violations of international humanitarian law, and further requested enhanced, detailed, full and public reporting by the UN Secretary-General to the Security Council on this issue.

Meanwhile, UNAMID in a statement on Monday expressed concerns about recent media reports that it had deliberately delayed assisting the Sudan Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (SDDRC).

"UNAMID's role in the ongoing disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration process in Darfur is guided by the provisions set out in the Doha Document, which provides for UNAMID supporting the SDDRC in its endeavour to disarm and demobilise former combatants from Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM Sudan/Dabajo)," said the statement.

It disclosed that the Commission had requested UNAMID to extend its cooperation to the demobilisation of troops from the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), the Popular Defence Forces (PDF) as well as those earmarked by the 2006 Abuja Agreement.

While UNAMID declined, on the grounds that this is demilitarization as opposed to a DDR exercise, UNAMID has nevertheless agreed to help the ex-combatants identified by the Abuja Agreement provided that the Commission presents a "complete master list of potential combatants" to be demobilised.

"However, up to the present time, the mission has not received this list and hence the delay in processing Abuja Agreement caseloads," UNAMID explained.

It noted that, despite such operational hurdles, UNAMID has managed to successfully complete the demobilisation of 534 ex-combatants in 2014 and is currently working with the Commission to demobilise the LJM caseload.
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