Vietnam calls for facilitating transitional process in Sudan

VOV.VN - Ambassador Pham Hai Anh, deputy permanent representative of Vietnam to the UN, has underscored the importance of advancing the transitional process through the Juba Peace Agreement in Sudan, with efforts primarily focusing on settling differences among the various parties.

Upon addressing the UN Security Council’s briefing on activities of the 1591 Committee and the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) on September 14, the Vietnamese diplomat stressed the necessity of boosting collaboration efforts among various parties. This includes the UN, the UNITAMS, the African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), along with other international partners. 

Ambassador Anh highlighted the importance of ensuring the full implementation of the National Plan for the Protection of Civilians, while also calling on the Transitional Government to further promote its related responsibility by dealing with the root causes of intercommunal violence. 

He therefore urged Sudan to facilitate the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)’s liquidation process, emphasising that in order to Sudan to effectively own the transition process, the international community must continue to support the African country in coping with COVID-19. Simultaneously, urgent efforts must be taken as a means of providing food and basic services to those most in need.

With regard to the issue of sanctions, he said that clear, well-identified benchmarks and frequent reviews are necessary to reflect progress on the ground.

Speaking at the event, Volker Perthes, special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sudan and Head of UNITAMS, said that Sudan is making headway in its transition to become a democracy. This is along with growing momentum towards drafting a new Constitution and organising elections, although long‑term success requires sustained and consistent international support.

UNITAMS therefore stands ready to provide technical support at Sudan’s request, along with implementing a road map for military and security sector reform that would align with the Prime Minister’s initiative and the Juba Agreement for Peace in Sudan, he added.

Furthermore, UNSC members also acknowledged the recent positive developments made in Sudan, although they note that the East African nation still faces many challenges, especially amid increasing violence between communities, and an economic and humanitarian crisis.

They reaffirmed their support for UNITAMS’s activities in backing the transition process in Sudan.