FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
I welcome today’s renewal by the United Nations Security Council of the mandate of the Sudan Panel of Experts for an additional year.
The Panel, established in 2005 under Security Council Resolution 1591, plays a critical role in monitoring existing sanctions in the Darfur region, including compliance with the arms embargo and targeted sanctions measures.
As stated in the September 24th High Level Communiqué, ceasing the flow of arms to the region is critical to peace and security. Today’s resolution includes measures to help tighten enforcement of the arms embargo, including language to make clear the scope of the current embargo and clarify obligations of the Government of Sudan and other Member States’ under the sanctions regime. It also demands that states supplying military assistance comply with end user requirements so that additional arms do not end up in Darfur.
Additionally, we look forward to continued discussions between the Security Council's Sudan Sanctions Committee and private sector actors about the responsibilities of those who conduct business in conflict areas.
Although the Panel has faced setbacks in Sudan and restrictions on mobility, their presence and reporting reaffirms the Council's commitment to the safety and protection of the people of Darfur, including our continued concern with the unacceptable crime of sexual and gender based violence.
We call on all states to cooperate fully with the Panel.
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