Concerning United Nations Security Council Resolution on Sudan
On November 19, 2004, the UN Security Council, meeting in field at Nairobi, unanimously adopted Resolution 1574 on Sudan.
The resolution reaffirms commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sudan and expresses support on the part of the international community for the process of peaceful settlement in the south of that country, which has entered into a decisive stage. The document outlines a clear-cut prospect of international aid to political settlement and the reconstruction of Sudan after the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement in the framework of the Naivasha process. An appeal is addressed to the region's countries to do everything possible to support a complete and timely implementation of this agreement.
The Security Council reaffirmed its serious concern over the tensions and the grave humanitarian situation in Sudan's province of Darfur. It condemned the instances of violation of international humanitarian law being committed by all the parties in conflict. In this context it reminded the sides, including insurgents, of their duty to observe international legal norms. It pointed out the primary responsibility of the Sudanese government for the protection of the civilian population.
The resolution welcomes the decision of the Sudanese authorities to accept an enlarged African Union mission in Darfur.
Russia will continue actively facilitating, inter alia in the UN Security Council, a long-term and irreversible normalization of the situation in Sudan, including in Darfur, through close cooperation by the UN with the Sudanese government and African regional and sub-regional structures on the basis of the reached political understandings and the appropriate UNSC resolutions.
November 20, 2004