France welcomes the renewal of UNAMID’s mandate [fr]
Statement by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations
Security Council - 27 June 2019
France welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 2479 (2019), which provides for the technical renewal of the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) for four months. I would like to warmly thank the United Kingdom and Germany for having put forward the resolution.
France has always supported a responsible and prudent withdrawal of UNAMID, depending on the situation on the ground. To decide on the closure of the mission, we need a legitimate Government that is fully recognized by the international community. The current political uncertainty in the Sudan fully justifies the temporary suspension of the mission’s withdrawal.
I would like to recall that we strongly condemn the violence that has occurred in Khartoum and other cities in recent weeks and call for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. We call on all stakeholders to exercise restraint. The challenge today is to resume political dialogue in order to achieve a negotiated and agreed transition, spearheaded by a civilian-led Government.
In that regard, France welcomes the efforts undertaken by the African Union, supported in particular by the Ethiopian mediation, and calls on the United Nations to fully support those initiatives.
Finally, we are very concerned about the increase in tensions and acts of violence in Darfur, and call on the international community to do its utmost to prevent the region, which remains very fragile, from flaring up again. UNAMID therefore retains an important role. It is essential that the mission’s assets be temporarily maintained in order to ensure the protection of civilians and the reporting of human rights violations and to facilitate the settlement of intercommunal conflicts, as well as to provide humanitarian access and allow for the protection of humanitarian personnel.