Category Archives: Peacekeeping

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the situation in Abyei

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack last night by unknown assailants on the residence of the Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief in Abyei town, during which one Ethiopian peacekeeper from the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and a young girl were killed. At least three civilians were also wounded. Continue reading

Secretary-General’s briefing to the Security Council on Peace Operations

New York, 20 November 2015

It is a pleasure to be with you today. I am grateful to the presidency of the United Kingdom for organizing this important meeting. This is the first time the Security Council will consider the recommendations of the High-Level Panel on Peace Operations and my implementation report. I hope this will be the start of sustained dialogue and action to strengthen United Nations peace operations.

I launched the peace operations initiative out of profound concern over the scale and intensity of conflict today. The human, political and financial costs of conflict continue to mount.  Political failures are resulting in insecurity, injustice and deprivation for millions of people today, and feeding the conflicts of tomorrow. Continue reading

Security Council extends UN-African Union operation in Darfur for another year

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UNAMID troops in East Darfur. Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran

29 June 2015 – Expressing deep concern at the “serious deterioration” in the security situation in Darfur, the Security Council has decided today to extend for one year, until 30 June 2016, the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in the Western region of Sudan. The mission, known by the acronym UNAMID, will consist of 15,845 military personnel, 1,583 police personnel and 13 formed police units of up to 140 personnel each, says a resolution adopted unanimously this morning by the 15-member Council. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on Darfur

panThe Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the recent increase in attacks on peacekeepers serving in the African Union United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and the limited cooperation provided by the Government of Sudan in addressing these incidents. The Secretary-General condemns the two successive attacks by unidentified armed groups that occurred in Kass, South Darfur, on 23 and 24 April. Six peacekeepers were wounded and four attackers killed when UNAMID troops returned fire in self-defence. The Secretary-General wishes the injured a speedy recovery. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Review of UNAMID Reporting

593684UNAMID_DarfurA farmer in Karbab, South Darfur, rides his cart while Tanzanian troops from the African Union-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) arrive at the village as part of a routine patrol. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

A review, initiated by the Secretary-General, was conducted into recent allegations that the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) intentionally sought to cover up crimes against civilians and peacekeepers. Continue reading

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Darfur

The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s attack on the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) resulting in the killing of two Ethiopian peacekeepers near Korma, North Darfur, while they were guarding a water borehole in the area. A third peacekeeper, who was wounded, later succumbed to his injuries.

The Secretary-General underscores that attacks on UN peacekeepers are unacceptable and constitute a serious violation of international law.

The Secretary-General conveys his sincere condolences to the families of the fallen peacekeepers and to the Government of Ethiopia.

New York, 16 October 2014

Security Council press statement on UNAMID – 16 October 2014

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack on UNAMID (African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur) peacekeepers in Korma, North Darfur, by a group of unidentified armed men on 16 October 2014, which resulted in the death of 3 Ethiopian peacekeepers.

The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the families of the peacekeepers killed in the attack, as well as to the Government of Ethiopia and to UNAMID. They called on the Government of Sudan swiftly to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for UNAMID and called on all parties in Darfur to cooperate fully with the mission.

16 October 2014

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Darfur

The Secretary-General is concerned about the recent serious allegations against the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). These allegations cover a wide range of issues, including inaccurate reporting of the facts on the ground in Darfur, specific instances of failure to protect civilians and accusations of mismanagement of UNAMID.

UNAMID has undergone several investigations and reviews over the last two years, which have sought to address both strategic issues and specific incidents related to the Mission’s performance. The Secretary-General’s Special Report of 25 February 2014 provides an overview of the strategic and managerial challenges faced by the Mission and the work being done at United Nations Headquarters and in UNAMID to address them.

The Secretary-General remains committed to improving UNAMID’s performance and is determined to take all necessary steps to correct any wrongdoing. He has instructed the Secretariat to review the reports of all investigations and inquiries undertaken since mid-2012 to ensure that their recommendations have been implemented and that any relevant issues have been fully addressed. This review, to be completed within one month, will enable the Secretary-General to determine what has already been done and, if recommendations are outstanding, what corrective action needs to be taken.

New York, 2 July 2014

South Sudan: UN Calls for End to Violence as Planned Peace Talks Progress

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Civilians at the UN House compound on the southwestern outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. UN Photo/Julio Brathwaite

Amid set peace talks between the Government of South Sudan and warring rebels, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country today urged both sides to make crucial efforts to end the violence.

“We call for both parties to use this first day of the new year to take a decisive step for peace,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Hilde Johnson, told journalists in the South Sudanese capital, Juba. “We want to make this day, the day that the fighting stopped.” Continue reading

جنوب السودان: الأمم المتحدة تدعو لوقف العنف وسط تقدم في محادثات السلام

وسط التطلع إلى بدء محادثات السلام بين حكومة جنوب السودان والمتمردين، حثت رئيسة بعثة الأمم المتحدة لحفظ السلام في البلاد الجانبين على بذل جهود حاسمة لانهاء العنف.

ودعت الممثلة الخاصة للأمين العام، هيلدا جونسون في مؤتمر صحفي فى العاصمة السودانية الجنوبية جوبا كلا الطرفين لاتخاذ خطوة حاسمة في اليوم الأول من العام الجديد من أجل السلام. Continue reading