At its eighth formal meeting, held on 16 December 2016, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1591 (2005) concerning the Sudan met with representatives to the United Nations of the Sudan, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Libya and Uganda, with the aim of continuing to strengthen the dialogue between the Committee and the invited delegations, particularly on the challenges faced by the region in achieving the full and effective implementation of the measures set out in the same resolution in relation to Darfur, as well as on the role that the Committee and its Panel of Experts could play in support of the ongoing political process in Darfur. This was the fourth meeting of its kind since the establishment of the 1591 Sanctions Committee in 2005. The Panel of Experts on Sudan also participated.
Invited delegations expressed their commitment to the implementation of the measures and shared their views and concerns on the subject.
During the discussion, it was also underlined that the close cooperation of the Sudan and Member States, particularly those in the region, with the Committee and its Panel of Experts was essential towards the full and effective implementation of the sanctions regime, whose ultimate aim was to advance peace and stability in Darfur. In addition, participants also highlighted the importance of establishing a relationship of trust and confidence between the Sudan and the Panel of Experts, in order to ensure, among others, the timely access of the Panel to Darfur.
Meeting participants agreed that the dialogue was very useful and should continue.