Vietnam calls for greater civilian protection efforts in Sudan

VOV.VN - Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Vietnam's Permanent Representative to the UN, has called on the Sudanese Government to promote its capacity to protect civilians whilst taking measures aimed at dealing with violence between communities in the Darfur region.

Upon addressing a meeting of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on June 9 to discuss the situation in Sudan in the presence of Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Vietnamese diplomat welcomed recent positive developments in the Northeast African country. He went on to express hope that the Sudanese Government continue to accelerate the transitional process as a means of ensuring the full, equal, and meaningful participation of women in line with the Juba Peace Agreement signed on October 3, 2020.

He went on to add that Sudan must take the lead in ensuring the observance of international humanitarian law, whilst simultaneously preventing and punishing serious criminals.

Establishing accountability for violations of international humanitarian law and serious criminal acts must also be carried out in line with the fundamental principles of international law, including aspects such as respect for a State’s independence and sovereignty, Ambassador Quy said.

Representatives from various UNSC member countries voiced their concern regarding future challenges, especially for issues like the Sudanese economic and humanitarianism crisis, along with growing violence  between communities in the Darfur region.

They therefore called on the Sudanese Government and the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) to continue working closely to speed up the transitional process.

During the course of the meeting, Bensouda, who is also charge d'affaires ad interim of Sudan at the UN, affirmed that the transitional Sudanese Government will continue to promote the transition process and ensure its responsibility to protect civilians.

Ensuring justice in the Darfur region remains one of the highest priorities of the Sudanese Government, she said, affirming that local authorities have full judicial capacity to handle violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws.

Participants went on to voice their support for the ICC's activities on the basis of Security Council Resolution 1593 (2005), whilst expressing thanks for the efforts of Bensouda, whose term will conclude in late June. Those in attendance also called on the Sudanese Government to fully co-operate with the ICC moving forward.

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