News / Africa

UN Security Council Votes to End Peacekeeping Force for Sudan

A gunner from Zambia serving with the international peacekeeping operation is seen on an armored personnel carrier during a patrol in the region of Abyei, central Sudan, May 30, 2011
A gunner from Zambia serving with the international peacekeeping operation is seen on an armored personnel carrier during a patrol in the region of Abyei, central Sudan, May 30, 2011
Larry Freund

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Monday to formally end the U.N. peacekeeping force in Sudan.

The peacekeeping force was sent to Sudan to monitor the 2005 peace agreement that ended the north-south civil war.

With the establishment of South Sudan as an independent state on Saturday, Sudan requested the withdrawal of the 10,400 peacekeepers. The Security Council resolution formally withdraws that peacekeeping force.

The completion date for the withdrawal is set for August 31. Staff, equipment, supplies and other assets from the peacekeepers in Sudan will be sent to the U.N. peacekeeping force established last week for South Sudan, and to peacekeepers in the disputed Abyei border area.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as recently as last week, unsuccessfully tried to persuade Sudan’s government to accept the continuation of the peacekeepers so they could deal with remaining issues.

Following the Security Council action Monday, U.S. representative to the U.N. Susan Rice said the U.S. deeply regrets the necessity to vote on the resolution ending the mandate for the Sudan peacekeepers. Rice urged Sudan to reconsider its demand that the peacekeepers end their activities. She said the mission has a critical role to continue to play in regional stability.

“The United States is sending a clear message along with other Council members that it wants the United Nations to remain in the two areas, especially at this critical juncture," said Rice. "With this resolution, the Council has made clear that it is ready to authorize continued U.N. operations in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile to support new security arrangements. And we will continue over the coming weeks to urge the government of Sudan to accept this.”

Britain’s representative, Mark Lyall Grant, also said it was with regret that his country supported the resolution ending the peacekeeping mandate for Sudan.

“We reiterate the readiness of this Council as set out in the resolution which we have just adopted both to continue current U.N. operations in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, and to assist the parties in implementation of new arrangements to be agreed between them," said Lyall Grant.

France’s representative Gerard Araud said his country regrets that the withdrawal of the peacekeepers is happening at a time when a cease-fire has not yet been signed for Southern Kordofan, where he said the civilian population continues to suffer from combat.

You May Like

Video Miami Cubans Divided on New US Policy

While older, more conservative Cuban Americans have promoted anti-Castro political movement for years, younger generations say economically, it is time for change More

2014 Sees Dramatic Uptick in Boko Haram Abductions

Militants suspected in latest mass kidnapping of over 100 people in Gumsuri, Nigeria on Sunday More

Video Cuba Deal Is Major Victory for Pope

Role of Francis hailed throughout US, Latin America - though some Cuban-American Catholics have mixed feelings More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacksi
X
December 19, 2014 12:45 AM
The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Putin Says Russian Economy Will Emerge Stronger

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country's sinking economy will not only recover but also become stronger, despite falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.

All About America

AppleAndroid