UN Security Council Calls For Ramadan Ceasefire

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A UK-sponsored resolution yesterday (March 8) was approved by a majority of the members with 14 votes in favor of the ceasefire while Russia abstained. Russian opposition to any such resolutions is to be expected, as they have major business interests in ongoing conflicts in Africa. The same applies to China.

NEW YORK MARC 9: A UK-sponsored resolution yesterday (March 8) was approved by a majority of the members with 14 votes in favor of the ceasefire while Russia abstained. The violence is threatening regional stability with the UN saying it could spread from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa and Red Sea. Since 2020, fighting between the country’s army and a powerful militia has killed thousands, and rendered millions either homeless, displaced or needing lifesaving assistance.

Britain’s deputy UN ambassador, James Kariuki, urged the Sudanese Armed Forces and the RSF “to act on this united international call for peace and to silence the guns”.

The resolution also expressed “grave concern over the spreading violence and the catastrophic and deteriorating humanitarian situation, including crisis levels, or worse, of acute food insecurity, particularly in Darfur”.

The African Union also backed a halt to fighting during Ramadan which is expected to begin on or around Monday, depending on the sighting of the crescent moon.

In another action on Friday, with 13 votes in favour and two abstentions (China and Russia), the Security Council renewed the mandate of the 1591 Sudan Sanctions Committee Panel of Experts, which expires next Tuesday, for a further year.

The panel was established on 29 March 2005 to assist the committee in monitoring the implementation of sanctions measures imposed by the Council (arms embargo, travel ban and assets freeze) on several armed groups and individuals in Sudan.

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