The resolution also decides to extend, temporarily and
exceptionally, the period of drawdown for UNAMID’s military
personnel outlined in the resolution renewing the mission’s
mandate about a year ago.
In July 2018, the council adopted
Resolution 2429 to renew the mandate of UNAMID, which also
stated the mission would exit in June 2020 "provided that there
is no significant change in the security situation in Darfur and
key indicators are fulfilled."
According to Security Council Report, a think tank following
the UN’s most powerful body, Thursday’s technical rollover
reflects the view among council members that the current
evolving situation in Sudan and the significant political and
security developments in recent months merit pausing the
mission’s drawdown and reconfiguration.
On April 11, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was ousted by
the military amid massive protests.
A Transitional Military Council (TMC) was subsequently formed
to the country.
The TMC is currently in deadlock with the opposition group in
their talks on the formation of a future transitional
After the adoption of the resolution Thursday, some delegates
of the council members said the drawdown of UNAMID requires
Sudan to have a legitimate government recognized by the
One soldier killed, 29
injured in Sudan protests: spokesman
KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) --
The Rapid Support Forces (RSF), which belongs to the Sudanese
army, said on Tuesday that one of its soldiers was killed and 29
others injured during popular protests in Sudan on Sunday.
"The RSF is an apparent target," Jamal Jumma Adam, RSF’s
spokesman, said at a press conference in the capital Khartoum.
There is a campaign against the RSF in many ways, including
committing some crimes and putting on RSF uniform, he added.
"We have turned to legal procedures and opened 39 cases of
impersonating RSF soldiers, forgery and blackmailing," Adam
The RSF forces are disciplined and law-abiding, he said,
adding maintaining the peaceful nature of the demonstrations
would prevent material and human losses.
On Monday, Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC)
announced arrest of those who fired gun shots at regular forces
and citizens during Sunday’s protests in Khartoum.
Undersecretary of Sudan’s Health Ministry Sulaiman Abdul
Jabbar said in a statement that seven people were killed and 181
others injured in the protests across the country.
Tens of thousands of Sudanese citizens took to the streets in
Khartoum and other cities on Sunday, in response to the call by
the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance to pressurize the TMC
to hand power to the civilians.
Sudan crisis not directly
impacting South Sudan, but concerns remain: UN envoy
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
The UN envoy for South Sudan said Wednesday that
while the political crisis in Sudan does not have a direct
impact on South Sudan’s peace process, but concerns remain over
its potential influence.
UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for South Sudan
David Shearer told a press conference that the unrest in Sudan
and the removal of its former President Omar al-Bashir do not
have a "direct impact in terms...of any instability," but in two
key areas, "there is some concern of the instability in the
The pipeline that carries South Sudan’s oil export runs right
through Sudan, and the export accounts for close to 90 percent
of South Sudan’s income, "so that’s obviously of concern," he
In addition, as Sudan had been "instrumental" in bringing
about the peace agreement for its southern neighbor’s warring
parties last September, with the situation in Khartoum, "that
element now is absent" in the ongoing South Sudanese peace
process, said Shearer.
On April 11, Omar al-Bashir was removed from Sudanese
presidency by the military amid massive protests.
A Transitional Military Council was subsequently formed to
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011, but
the country descended into civil war in late 2013.
A peace deal was signed in August 2015, but renewed violence
broke out in the capital Juba in July 2016.
On Sept. 12, 2018, the Revitalized Agreement on the
Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan was
signed in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, which has led to
relative calm in the country.
Trade between Sudan and
South Sudan not affected by political crisis: official
JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
Trade between South Sudan and its northern
neighbor Sudan has not been affected by political events in
Khartoum as goods continue to flow to Juba, an official said on
Simon Akuei Deng, secretary general of the South Sudan
Chamber of Trade, Industry and Commerce said that trade was
flowing smoothly across the border of the two countries despite
ongoing political bickering between the ruling Transitional
Military Council (TMC) and opposition parties over the structure
of the transitional government.
"So far the conflict has not affected whatever has been
coming into South Sudan because it is centered in Khartoum.
"The food that came from Sudan is already In Mangalla," Akuei
told journalists in Juba.
South Sudan imports 90 percent of its food from neighboring
Uganda, Sudan and Kenya.
This further has been boosted by the reopening of the border
between the two Sudans in June 2018.
Juba also transports its crude oil that finances 95 percent
of its fiscal budget through Port Sudan.
The UN recently estimated that 6.96 million South Sudanese
will face acute levels of food insecurity by the end of July,
according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC)
update released by the government of South Sudan in
collaboration with the UN agencies.
Akuei also acknowledged that despite the South Sudan currency
gaining value against the U.S dollar, prices of goods remained
high hitting hard the poor. South Sudan inflation hit double
digits due to the five year old conflict reducing oil production
in its northern oil fields.
"As much as our currency has been fluctuating for some
reason, there is need to work with the current prices. Our
people are suffering.
The purchasing power is very low while for some reasons some
of the members of the private sector continue to increase prices
even if the dollar is stable in the market," he said.
South Sudan is currently implementing the revitalized peace
deal signed in September 2018 in Ethiopia to end about five
years of conflict that killed tens of thousands and displaced
over two million people.