She called for urgent solutions from the international community to alleviate the crisis.

Anjali Sharma
GG News Bureau
UNITED NATIONS, 14th June. UN Security Council on Thursday has adopted a resolution that calls for the paramilitary Rapid Security Forces in Sudan to halt their siege on El Fasher, capital of North Darfur state.

UK resolutions received 14 votes in favor, none against, with Russia abstained.

It expressed deep concern over the outbreak of fighting in the city, and the risk of further escalation, the resolution said.

The RSF and the Sudanese Army have been battling for more than a year, and fighting in El Fasher have been escalating in recent months.

UK Ambassador Barbara Woodward said the resolution sends a clear message, adding that an attack would be “catastrophic” for the 1.5 million people sheltering in the city.

“We tabled this resolution to help secure a localized ceasefire around El Fasher and create the wider conditions to support de-escalation across the country and, ultimately, save lives,” she said.

The resolution demanded that the rival militaries ensure the protection of civilians, which includes allowing people to move within and out of El Fasher if they want to.

The warring sides were requested to “allow and facilitate the rapid, safe, unhindered and sustained passage of humanitarian relief for civilians in need, including by removing bureaucratic and other impediments,” the resolution stated.

Ms. Woodward described the situation in Sudan as desperate, noting that humanitarian needs are severe.

She said the resolution calls for the Sudanese authorities to increase cooperation with UN agencies and to urgently reopen the Adre border with Chad in efforts to scale-up humanitarian assistance.

“In this regard, the resolution urges the international community to increase their support and fulfill existing pledges,” she added.

The resolution requested that the UN Secretary-General make recommendations for the protection of civilians in Sudan and encouraged coordinated engagement by his Personal Envoy for Sudan, Ramtane Lamamra; the African Union, the League of Arab States and other regional actors, to work on advancing peace.

UN Humanitarians are responding to the crisis in Sudan, where the war has left scores dead, destroyed critical infrastructure, and displaced more than 10 million people, whether within the country or across the border.

Some 18 million Sudanese are going hungry, with five million on the brink of famine.

“This Council has sent a strong signal to the parties to the conflict today,” Ms. Woodward said.

She concluded “This brutal and unjust conflict needs to end. Today’s resolution shows the Council remains committed to supporting efforts for peace in Sudan.”

 

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