World Bulletin / News Desk
The African Union (AU) has decided to extend the mandate of its peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) for an additional year – despite the Sudanese government’s opposition to the move.
In a press statement obtained by Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, the AU called on the UN Security Council to endorse the extension, citing what it described as the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the troubled region.
Khartoum has repeatedly voiced its rejection of the move, calling instead for UNAMID’s exit from Darfur following an eight-year stay in the region.
Following a Tuesday meeting of the AU’s peace and security council, the pan-African body asserted that "the three strategic priorities of UNAMID remain crucial, and [the council] reiterates the critical importance of the continued presence of UNAMID in Darfur in order to contribute to the protection of the civilian population and facilitate the search for peace, security, stability and reconciliation in the region."
"Accordingly", it added, "the council has decided to extend, for a further period of twelve months, UNAMID’s mandate... The council requests the UN Security Council do the same".
Earlier this month, Khartoum rejected a UN report on Darfur prepared for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, describing the report as "biased".
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