The Sudanese government in Khartoum has condemned negative moves that are intended to impede withdrawal of peacekeeping mission in Darfur.
Recently three armed opposition groups operating in this part of the country petitioned the United Nations Security Council to reconsider plans to withdraw peacekeepers from Darfur.
“The Government of Sudan notes (with concern) moves by some parties to impede UNAMID’s withdrawal as scheduled by creating confusion and attempting to cast doubt on the achieved stability through false pretexts and feeble arguments to circumvent the statement of the African Union Peace and Security Council and the recommendations of the Strategic Review Report,” said the Sudanese foreign ministry in a statement issued Thursday.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International released satellite images showing 13 villages burned and destroyed in Jebel Marra area and called on the Security Council to not downsize the UNAMID, the “only source of security and safety” for Darfur civilians.
On 30 June, the Security Council extended the UNAMID mandate for two weeks before to vote a resolution renewing it for a year. The vote is planned to take place on Thursday 12 July.
Discussions on the closure modalities of the 14 remaining sites in whole Darfur except Jebel Mara and remaining UN personnel that will join the UN Mission in Sudan, in addition to possible sanctions on peace spoilers delayed the vote last June.
In line with the joint strategic review, the UNAMID will only keep 13 sites in Darfur mountainous area of Jebel Marra due to the presence of SLA-AW fighters who refuse to join the peace talks.