New York, 16 May 2006 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the communiqué on Darfur of the AU Peace and Security CouncilThe Secretary-General welcomes the communiqué of the African Union Peace and Security Council meeting held in Addis Ababa on 15 May 2006. He was pleased that the meeting adopted a forward-looking agenda for war-affected Darfur that emphasized immediate measures to address the crisis. He is also pleased by the decision of the Commission to take concrete steps to bring about the transition from the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) to a UN peacekeeping operation. The United Nations is continuing to prepare for that operation so that it can begin as early as possible, as called for in UN Security Council Resolution 1679, whose adoption today the Secretary-General also welcomes.
The United Nations will continue to support AMIS including through efforts to mobilize the international community to strengthen the AU Mission in the interim period before a UN operation. The United Nations also hopes to dispatch, as quickly as possible, a joint UN/AU Technical Assessment Team to Darfur, and towards that end, is in continuous consultation with the Government of National Unity.
Statements on 16 May 2006