UN Security Council voices concern over impact of COVID-19 on Sudan

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KHARTOUM, SUDAN - APRIL 18: Streets and roads remain empty after a three-week lockdown began as part of the coronavirus (Covid-19) precautions, on April 18, 2020 in Khartoum, Sudan. Security measures were taken at streets. (Photo by Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Streets and roads remain empty after a three-week lockdown began as part of the coronavirus (Covid-19) precautions in Khartoum, Sudan. (Photo by Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The Security Council on Friday voiced concern over the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sudan, particularly on the socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the country.

In “press elements” issued after a virtual meeting, the members of the council expressed their solidarity with the people of Sudan and welcomed national and international efforts to stop the spread and mitigate the effects of the outbreak.

The council members reaffirmed their support for the Sudanese government’s endeavors to seek a successful transition after the ouster of long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 and a grip of power by the military after that.

The council members welcomed the commitment of the Sudanese government and most of the armed groups to engage in peace talks, and encouraged all parties to engage constructively, immediately and without precondition to conclude negotiations on a comprehensive peace agreement.

They also welcomed the positive response by the government of Sudan and the armed movements to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for a global cease-fire.

They reaffirmed their intention to decide, by May 31, on the responsible drawdown and exit of the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and the establishment of a follow-on presence, in close cooperation with the Sudanese government.

The Security Council held a video conference on Friday to discuss UNAMID and received briefings by Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Undersecretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo.

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