UN Security Council Extends Mandate of UNMIS for Another Year
    2010-04-30 00:34:00     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang Xu
 

The United Nations Security Council Thursday voted unanimously to renew the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) for another year.

The 15-member Security Council adopted the U.S.-drafted resolution to extend UNMIS, which expires on April 30, 2010 until April 30, 2011.

The Security Council requested UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to continue in reporting to the Security Council every three months on the mandate implementation, as well as the progress on Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between northern and southern Sudan.

Stressing that the situation there "continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security," the Council took note in particular, the violence on civilians, especially in southern Sudan.

The Council further called on UNMIS to "implement a mission- wide civilian protection strategy" extensively throughout the area and to bolster support in areas of high risk.

Also commending the recent Sudanese elections, which came to an end on Monday, the Council stressed the importance of the full implementation of the CPA and reaffirmed their commitment to the " sovereignty, unity, independence, and territorial integrity" of the region.

"Security in Southern Sudan and Darfur during the elections period is of concern," Ban said in his latest report to the UN Security Council, highlighting this "sensitive" time leading up to and immediately following elections.

The 10,000-strong UNMIS was launched in 2005 to monitor implementation of the CPA.

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