UN Security Council Renews UN Mission in Darfur for Another Year
    2010-07-31 05:04:43     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang
 

The United Nations Security Council on Friday renewed the mandate of the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, Sudan, known as UNAMID, for another year.

Unanimously adopting a resolution to extend the mandate, the 15- member UN body renewed the peacekeeping force till July 31 of 2011.

The Council underscored the need for UNAMID to ensure "safe, timely and unhindered humanitarian access," as well as the safety and security of humanitarian personnel, activities, and protection of civilians across Darfur.

The Council expressed "deep concern" within the region's security, citing cease-fire violations, attacks by rebel groups, increased inter-tribal fighting among many, which continue to restrict humanitarian access.

The Security Council strongly condemned all attacks on UNAMID and urged the government of Sudan to do its "utmost to bring the perpetrators of any such crimes to justice," saying that "any attack or threat on UNAMID is unacceptable."

In his latest report on Sudan, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all parties to the conflict in Darfur to seriously pursue peace, naming ongoing violence, displacement and human rights violations in the region despite several years of United Nations- backed attempts to end the hostilities.

Efforts toward peace have remained "frustrated" by the fragmentation of Darfur's armed groups and by ongoing military operations, which have uprooted more civilians and caused further suffering to the people of the region, Ban said in his report.

Violence flared between Sudanese Government forces and those of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) in May, in breach of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed earlier this year, making May the deadliest month since the establishment of UNAMID in 2007.

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