Darfur, climate change lead issues for Security Council discussion this month
“The priorities: Sudan clearly, and Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR)… There will be an open debate,” Emyr Jones Parry, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom, told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.
“There are lots of priorities on Darfur… it’s not just Darfur: it’s what Darfur means for Sudan, what it means also as a contagion for Chad, for the Central African Republic,” he added, highlighting the need to pursue “three tracks” to try and resolve the crisis.
“To make sure that the humanitarian access is improved and sustained; that the political track involving [UN Special Envoy] Jan Eliasson and [African Union Special Envoy] Salim [Ahmed] Salim is catalysed, that we introduce a greater urgency into that… and on the question of security, we really need to deliver very soon some certainty as to what is to happen as the mandate of AMIS expires on the 30 June.” AMIS is the current AU peacekeeping mission in Sudan.
Turning to Kosovo, the Serbian province that has been run by the UN since 1999, he said he expects a Council mission to visit Belgrade and Pristina sometime this month, although the details had yet to be finalized. The 15-member body started discussing the future of the province yesterday following a UN envoy’s proposal for granting it independence in a phased process.