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25 March 2005

United Nations Unanimously Adopts Sudan Peacekeeping Resolution

10,000 troops approved to monitor peace agreement in southern Sudan

The United Nations Security Council March 24 unanimously adopted a resolution establishing a 10,000-member peacekeeping force for Sudan to reinforce a peace agreement for that country’s southern region and to help in the conflicted western region of Darfur.

All 15 Council members backed the resolution, which was introduced by the United States.

Commenting to the press after the vote, Ambassador Stuart Holliday, the alternative U.S. Representative to the U.N. for special political affairs, told reporters the United States was “pleased” by the council’s action. He reminded everyone, however, that “much more work needs to be done” and that “critical issues…remain on the table.”

Following is a press release of Ambassador Holliday’s remarks, released by the United States Mission to the United Nations:

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USUN PRESS RELEASE
March 24, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Remarks by Ambassador Stuart Holliday, Alternate U.S. Representative to the UN for Special Political Affairs, on the Resolution to Authorize Peacekeeping Forces in Sudan, at the Security Council Stakeout, March 24, 2005

Ambassador Holliday:  I'd just like to make a brief statement that the United States is pleased that the Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution that is one part of the Council's ongoing efforts to address the peace and stability in the Sudan.  Much more work needs to be done, there are critical issues that remain on the table.  

We hope that this resolution will help consolidate the North-South peace accord that was an achievement signed in Nairobi, actually witnessed by the Security Council.  The North-South Agreement, of course, brings to an end the civil war, which claimed many, lives and has torn the country apart. 

We remain very concerned and disturbed by the situation in Darfur, in the western part of the country.  And we will continue working with our Council colleagues to address that important question in the days ahead.  Thank you.

Reporter:  What does this resolution do if anything to help address the Darfur situation? And how can you break the deadlock over your other two resolutions, the provisions of which have been out there for some time?

Ambassador Holliday:  Well, among the things that - of course, having a transitional government in Sudan will help provide a political framework that we hope will improve the situation in Darfur.  Secondly, we've asked the Secretary General to give us recommendations about how the Council can strengthen the African Union's efforts in Darfur.  Finally, the Council also in this resolution is going to see the opening of a UN office in Darfur.  Again this is a small part of our ongoing effort to address the Darfur crisis.  Thank you.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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