Khartoum, Sudan – (African Boulevard News) – The United Nations Security Council has renewed the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) for only six months, until December 3, 2023, in a short resolution passed unanimously. This decision is indicative of the fragile state of security in the country, with the mission’s mandate focusing on supporting the country’s transition to democracy, providing protection to civilians in conflict-affected areas, and assisting with peace negotiations.
Despite the promising political changes following the ousting of former President Omar al-Bashir, Sudan has been grappling with severe economic hardship, deteriorating security conditions, and rising ethnic and tribal tensions.
However, despite the challenges, the UN Security Council is optimistic about the prospects for a peaceful and democratic Sudan, with US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield saying, “We believe this resolution is a strong and necessary step toward supporting the Sudanese people as they chart a course toward a more peaceful and prosperous future.”
The resolution also recognized the urgent need to address the escalating humanitarian crisis in the country, including the displacement of over 2 million people, the majority of whom are children, and the dire need for food, shelter, and medical assistance.
The decision to extend UNITAMS’ mandate for only six months is a stark reminder that Sudan’s security situation is far from stable, and much work remains to be done. However, it is also an indication of the UN’s commitment to support the country’s transition to democracy and its willingness to adapt its approach according to the fluid security situation.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, said, “This mandate renewal sends a strong signal of support to the Sudanese people and authorities as they navigate the critical period of the transition.”
In conclusion, the UN Security Council’s decision to renew UNITAMS’ mandate for only six months highlights the fragile security situation in Sudan. However, it also demonstrates the UN’s commitment to supporting the country’s transition to democracy and addressing the urgent humanitarian crisis. While much work remains to be done, the resolution passed unanimously gives hope that Sudan can achieve peace and prosperity in the future.