03/02/2006
Security Council
SC/8628

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Security Council

5364th Meeting (AM)


IN PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT, SECURITY COUNCIL ASKS SECRETARY-GENERAL TO BEGIN


PLANNING FOR POSSIBLE TRANSITION FROM AFRICAN TO UN OPERATION IN SUDAN


The Security Council asked the Secretary-General this morning to initiate immediate contingency planning on options for a possible transition from the African Union Mission in the Sudan (AMIS) to a United Nations operation.


According to a statement read out by John Bolton (United States), Council President for the month of February, such planning should be undertaken on the basis of a unified, integrated approach; of maximum use of existing resources of AMIS and the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) subject to the agreement of troop-contributing countries; of an assessment of the essential tasks to be carried out in southern Sudan and Darfur with a view to re-allocate existing troops and assets to the maximum extent practicable; and of a readiness to review and adjust the current structure of UNMIS to make best use of available resources when the African Union deemed a transition feasible and agreeable.


The Council emphasized the importance of maintaining strong support for AMIS until the completion of any eventual transition.  Taking note of the 12 January 2006 communiqué in which the African Union Peace and Security Council expressed its support for a transition, the Council looked forward to an early decision by the regional organ.


Stressing the importance of successfully concluding the Abuja peace talks, the Council reiterated strongly the need for all parties to the Darfur conflict to end the violence and atrocities.  It also demanded that they cooperate fully with AMIS and fulfil all the obligations to which they had committed themselves.


The meeting began at 10:55 a.m. and ended at 11 a.m.


Presidential Statement


The full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2006/5 reads, as follows:


“The Security Council commends the efforts of the African Union for successful deployment of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) and for significant contribution to the provision of a secure environment for civilians and the humanitarian situation in Darfur.  The Security Council welcomes the African Union Peace and Security Council’s recognition of the partnership between the African Union and the United Nations in the promotion of peace, security and stability in Africa.


“The Security Council takes note of the 12 January 2006 Communiqué of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union in which the PSC expressed its support, in principle, for a transition from the African Union Mission in Sudan to a United Nations operation, and requested the Chairperson of the African Union’s Commission to initiate consultations with the United Nations and other stakeholders on this matter.


“The Security Council therefore requests the Secretary-General to initiate contingency planning without delay, jointly with the African Union, in close and continuing consultation with the Security Council, and in cooperation and close consultation with the parties to the Abuja Peace Talks, including the Government of National Unity, on a range of options for a possible transition from AMIS to a United Nations operation.  Such planning should be undertaken on the basis of a unified, integrated approach; of maximum use of existing AMIS and United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) resources subject to the agreement of troop-contributing countries; of an assessment, to be confirmed by the Council, of the essential tasks to be carried out in southern Sudan and Darfur with a view to re-allocate existing troops and assets to the maximum extent practicable; and of a readiness to review and adjust the current structure of UNMIS, including command and control and logistics, at the earliest opportunity to make best use of available resources when the African Union deems a transition feasible and agreeable.  The Security Council will be engaged throughout this process.


“The Security Council emphasizes the importance of maintaining strong support for AMIS until any eventual transition is completed.  The Security Council looks forward to an early decision from the African Union Peace and Security Council and will keep this issue under consideration with a view to reviewing the options submitted by the Secretary-General.


“The Security Council stresses the importance of urgently reaching a successful conclusion of the Abuja Talks and calls on all parties to negotiate in good faith in order to reach a peace accord as soon as possible.  The Security Council reiterates in the strongest terms the need for all parties in Darfur to end the violence and atrocities.  The Security Council demands all parties to the Darfur conflict to cooperate fully with AMIS and to fulfil all the obligations to which they have committed themselves.”


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