Republic of Sudan Ambassador to the United Nations Daffallah Al Haj has challenged a statement made by the SPLM-N. He said the statement was dangerous to peace and security between North and South Sudan., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Sudan Urges Security Council to Adopt Measure Obligating SPLM-N to Desist Hostile Acts
Al Sammani Awadallah
Khartoum – Sudan ambassador to UN, Dafallah Al Haj has characterized an SPLM-N statement as dangerous, claiming it will threaten the agreements signed between Sudan and South Sudan on 27th September in Addis Ababa.
At a meeting with the president of the Security Council (Guatemala), Ambassador Al Haj recalled his message to the Security Council in which he requested urgent and strong measures, in the form of a presidential statement or press release, calling on SPLM-N to desist its hostile acts that hinder the implementation of agreements with South Sudan.
The president agreed with the ambassador, stating that the UNSC resolution 2046 provides for cessation of hostilities. He called on both Government of South Sudan and SPLM-N to disengage with each other to reach a settlement and cooperate with the AUHIP and IGAD.
He also promised to circulate the ambassador's message to the SC members and to speak to them about SPLM-N's threat to the agreements.
Meanwhile, Sudan also criticized SC's inaction on the recruitment of 900 children by the SPLM-N in South Kordofan despite the fact that Sudan's mission had lodged a formal complaint with the SC.
Addressing the meeting of the Security Council Working Group on children and Armed Conflicts, Al Haj stressed that the UNSG's reports should contain correct and verified information and Government organs should be alerted in sufficient time to comment and take necessary action.
He said the agreements will positively impact citizens of both countries, particularly children, and will also encourage Darfur rebel movements to come on board.
He said the situation of children in conflict zones in Sudan has improved by virtue of Government's efforts. He indicated Government's cooperation with United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and United Nations Interim Security Force in Abyei (UNISFA).
He said Sudan's laws (SAF Act, Police Act, and Security Act) prohibit the recruitment of children, and the constitution also prohibits the death sentence against children. He indicated SAF's willingness to sign an action plan to end the recruitment and use of children.
The ambassador said the security situation in the Blue Nile, South Kodofan, Darfur and Abyei have improved through Government's eagerness to protect its citizens, but there are continued violations by rebel movements.
He enumerated Sudan's legislative achievements for child protection and presidential pardons in favour of children, particularly those who took part in the attack on Omdurman in 2008.
The permanent delegate told the meeting that the National Council for Childhood and UNICEF issued a joint report on the situation of children in Sudan which indicated Government's numerous achievements in child protection.
The permanent delegate affirmed Sudan's eagerness to cooperate with relevant institutions.