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Update Report No. 3: Sudan

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Expected Council Action
Council members have been individually assessing events in Sudan—the military takeover of Abyei and the deteriorating situation in Southern Kordofan—almost on a day-to-day basis, but Council members have not formally met on Sudan since 3 June and most of the scheduled informal discussions have been repeatedly postponed. A presidential statement was adopted on 3 June and the Council intended to receive follow-up briefings on progress of talks in Addis Ababa between Khartoum and Juba on a security arrangement for Abyei. But follow-up has been deferred.

The Council next meets on Monday 20 June, where it is expected they will receive a briefing on the outcome of the Addis Ababa talks. It is possible that Council members will then negotiate a mandate and authorise a force to implement the emerging ideas for a security arrangement in Abyei.

The Council is also expected to start discussions on the mandate of a new peacekeeping mission in South Sudan in the coming days. While possible, it now seems unlikely that this mandate would be finalised and adopted before the end of June.

 

S/RES/1978 (27 April 2011) extended UNMIS until 9 July.

Presidential Statement

Report of the Secretary-General

  • S/2011/314 (17 May 2011) was a special report with recommendations on a new UN mission in South Sudan.

Other

  • S/2011/333 (31 May 2011) was a letter from Secretary-General conveying to the Council a letter from the Foreign Minister of Sudan on the future of UNMIS.
  • SC/10262 (22 May 2011) was the Khartoum-issued Council delegation press statement on the situation in Abyei.

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