Vietnam welcomes recent progress in Sudan hinh anh 1A meeting of the United Nations Security Council (Photo: AFP/VNA)

New York (VNA) - Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, head of the Vietnamese mission to the UN, has welcomed recent progress in Sudan in general and Darfur in particular, especially the peace agreement reached on August 31.

At the United Nations Security Council’s meeting on September 25, Ambassador Quy spoke highly of efforts of the transitional government in promoting peace, security, development and respondse to the COVID-19 pandemic. He emphasised economic and humanitarian challenges in Sudan in general and Darfur in particular, while calling for creating more conditions for Sudan to access international financial assistance.

Quy lauded the roles of the United Nations, African Union and regional countries in putting forth peace and stability in Sudan, especially South Sudan’s reconciliation efforts.

At the event, the UN Securirty Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2545 on extending the mandate of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia for another year, until September 25, 2021. The resolution indicates the UNSC’s intention to add to the mission’s mandate the task of verifying compliance with the sentences of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace. The inclusion of the new task will be based on the outcome of the ongoing consultation process coordinated by the Colombian government. 

The Special Jurisdiction for Peace is a transitional justice mechanism to investigate crimes committed during the five-decade-long armed conflict between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP).

The UN Ssecurity Council also discussed situation in Sudan and activities of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS).

Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo and Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix updated recent developments in the transition in Sudan and preparation for UNITAMS.

They hailed the historic peace agreement reached on August 31 between the transitional government, the Sudan Revolutionary Front alliance and the Sudan Liberation Army Minni Minnaawi faction, spotlighted economic and humanitarian difficulties in Sudan, while affirming to work closely with Sudanese government to carry out the UNITAMS.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council members called for peaceful negotiations between the Sudanese government and armed forces in Darfur. They hoped UNITAMS will soon be implemented, contributing significantly to the transitional progress in Sudan.

Several countries expected the appointment of a special representative of the UN Secretary General for Sudan./.