Previous session of the UN Security Council - Archive
Previous session of the UN Security Council - Archive

Sudanese sources told "topnewslink", on Saturday, that Paris had nominated Frenchman Jean-Christopher Billard to head the international political mission under the sixth item.

And "topnewslink" was indicating the presence of consultations within the corridors of the transitional government in Sudan, with a view to agreeing to appoint the former UN Secretary-General's envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Nicholas Hissom as head of the mission.

The sources added that the Sudanese Security and Defense Council welcomed the decision of the United Nations Security Council regarding the establishment of a political mission under the sixth item, to support peace negotiations and enforce the constitutional document for a period of 12 months. He also announced his welcome to extend the work of the UNAMID peacekeeping mission in Darfur until the end of next December.

After the defense council meeting chaired by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, Sudanese Member of the Sovereign Council Hassan Sheikh Idris Qazi said that the decisions came in response to a request from the Government of Sudan to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, last February.

He clarified that the Sudanese Security and Defense Council stressed that these decisions will contribute to supporting the stability of the transitional period and Khartoum's return to the international community, with the assertion contained in the two decisions to preserve the full national rights.

Qazi said that the Security and Defense Council had expressed some reservations about the two decisions, and stressed the continuation of joint work with the United Nations, the Security Council, the African Union, friends and partners.

Last Wednesday, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted two resolutions, one of which stipulated the formation of a political mission in Khartoum, whose mission would be to support the transitional phase in Sudan, while the second resolution extended UNAMID's mission in the Darfur region to at least the end of the year.

Sudan has previously submitted a formal request to the UN Security Council to withdraw a letter and replace it with another related to Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdock's request to establish a political mission under the sixth item to support peace negotiations and save the constitutional document.

It is noteworthy that the Security and Defense Council in Sudan is concerned with preparing policies in its field of specialization and taking and issuing binding decisions. It is chaired by the President of the Sovereign Council and includes in its membership the Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Ministers of Defense, Interior, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Finance and Economic Planning.