SUDAN WATCH: UN Security Council delegation meets at AU HQ - UN peacekeeping chief at AU HQ to set up joint UN-AU preparatory mission

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

UN Security Council delegation meets at AU HQ - UN peacekeeping chief at AU HQ to set up joint UN-AU preparatory mission

Sir Emyr Jones Parry departs Khartoum for Addis Ababa

Photo: British Ambassador to the UN Sir Emyr Jones Parry boards the aircraft as the United Nations Security Council prepares to depart from Khartoum, Sudan to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as they tour the region on a fact-finding mission about the situation in Darfur, June 7, 2006. (Reuters/Chip East)

On UN flight to Ethiopia

Photo: French Ambassador to the UN Jean-Marc de La Sabliere (L) and British Ambassador to the UN Emyr Jones Parry speak as the UN Security Council flies from Khartoum, Sudan to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 7, 2006. (Reuters/Chip)

AFP report June 7, 2006 via Africast.com - excerpt:
A United Nations Security Council team met on Wednesday with African Union officials at AU HQ in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to discuss the possible handover to the UN of an AU peacekeeping force in Darfur.

Diplomats said the 15-member delegation would meet AU Commission chief Alpha Oumar Konare, members of the pan-African body's Peace and Security Council and officials from countries that have contributed troops to the Darfur mission.

"It is a formal meeting with the AU to congratulate it on efforts to stabilise Darfur and reiterate that the AU continues to play a central role, even if it transfers the force to the UN," one diplomat told Agence France-Press.

Khartoum said only that it would give the proposed handover "step-by-step" consideration, despite repeated AU requests for a rapid transition given its inability to sustain the 7 000-strong Amis force in Darfur.

In Khartoum, the leader of the Security Council delegation, Britain's UN ambassador Emyr Jones-Parry, repeated assurances that the move would not be made without the approval of the Sudanese government.

Still, UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Marie Guehenno was expected in Addis Ababa later on Wednesday to help set up a joint UN-AU preparatory mission that would evaluate requirements for the switch if Sudan eventually agrees.

The team is currently on a nine-day tour of African hotspots and after Ethiopia will go to Darfur, Chad and then the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Guarding UN Security Council meeting in Khartoum

Photo: A guard from Rwanda stands on the roof of the UN Mission to Sudan (UNMIS) in Khartoum June 6, 2006, as the United Nations Security Council meets inside during their fact finding mission regarding the situation in Darfur. (Reuters/Chip)


Guarding UN Security Council meeting in Khartoum

Photo: Heavily armed Sudanese policemen arrive in a four-wheel drive truck outside he Friendship Hall in Khartoum, where the UN Security Council meets with Sudanese ministers, in Khartoum, Tuesday, June 6, 2006. The Sudanese government told the UN Security Council Tuesday that it would not give immediate approval for UN peacekeepers for Darfur, but was willing to talk about a step seen as key to a solution in the restive western region. (AP Photo/Abd Raouf)

UN Security Council departs meeting in Khartoum

Photo: (From L-R) Ghanian Ambassador to the UN Nana Effah-Aprenteng, British Ambassador to the UN Emyr Jones Parry, Chinese Ambassador to the UN Wang Guangya, Peruvian Ambassador to the UN Oswaldo De Rivero and Argentine Ambassador to the UN Cesar Mayoral lead members of the UN Security Council from a meeting with Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Lam Akol Ajawin (not pictured) in Khartoum June 6, 2006. (Reuters/Chip East)

UN Security Council departs meeting in Khartoum

Photo: British Ambassador to the UN Emyr Jones Parry (L) and Ghanian Ambassador to the UN Nana Effah-Aprenteng, along with other members of the UN Security Council, leave the UN Mission to Sudan (UNMIS) headquarters after a meeting in Khartoum June 6, 2006. (Reuters/Chip)

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Photo: Chinese Ambassador to the UN Wang Guangya (L) and other members of the UN Security Council leave the UN Mission to Sudan (UNMIS) headquarters after a meeting in Khartoum June 6, 2006. (Reuters/Chip)

UN Security Council arrives in Ethiopia

Photo: Members of the United Nations Security Council, including (R-L) Peruvian Ambassador to the UN Oswaldo De Rivero, French Ambassador to the UN Jean-Marc de La Sabliere, British Ambassador to the UN Emyr Jones Parry and American representative Jackie Wolcott Sanders, arrive from Khartoum, Sudan, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to meet with the African Union, June 7, 2006. (Reuters/Chip)

UN Security Council arrives in Ethiopia

Photo: Former Ethiopian Ambassador to the UN Teruneh Zenna (L) greets members of the UN Security Council, including Tanzanian Ambassador to the UN Augustine Mahiga (2nd L-R), Greek Ambassador to the UN Adamantios Vassilakis and Chinese Ambassador to the UN Wang Guangya as they arrive from Khartoum, Sudan to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to meet with the African Union, June 7, 2006. (Reuters/Chip)

AU chair Konare speaks to UN Security Council

Photo: Chairman of the African Union Alpha Oumar Konare, former President of Mali, speaks to the United Nations Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia June 7, 2006. (Chip East/Reuters)

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