The President of the Sudanese Council of Sovereignty, Abd al-Fattah Al-Burhan, agreed with American officials to end the mission of the United Nations and African Union (UNAMID), which is located in the Darfur region of western Sudan, in October.
This came during a joint phone call held by Al-Burhan with US Secretary of State Tebbour Tagi and Donald Booth, the US special envoy for Sudan, according to the official Sudanese news agency, "Suna", on Tuesday evening.
Al-Burhan confirmed in the phone call that the future of the international mission does not include talking about an extension for a new period, and that the end of its mission will be in October.
He stressed that the new mission be composed according to Sudan's letter to the United Nations on February 27th.
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdock sent a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations last February, in which he called for the help of the United Nations under the sixth item to build peace and promote stability in the Darfur region, as a well-known and approved mechanism applied in the international system, and an exercise to end the role of the current mission that It has military power.
The UNAMID mission was formed in 2007 under Chapter Seven of the United Nations Charter, to keep peace and protect civilians in the Darfur region, in an attempt to stop the civil war that has been going on there since 2003.
The mission has been deployed in the western region since the beginning of 2008, and it is considered one of the largest international peacekeeping missions with a population of about 20,000, including soldiers and staff, but the Security Council worked to reduce its number in 2017.
It is expected that the UN Security Council will issue at the end of this month its decision regarding the new mission, whether it will be established under Chapter VII, which authorizes the use of military force, or Chapter VI, which limits its functions in providing political and technical advice.
The transitional government in Sudan took office last September, following the overthrow of the Omar al-Bashir regime, after popular protests that broke out in December 2018 and lasted for several months.
The government said that its top priority was to end conflicts throughout Sudan, especially in the Darfur region.
By ... Nadeemy Haded