Concerning UN Security Council Meeting on Sudan
The UN Security Council at its session with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Sudan's First Vice-President Ali Othman Taha and John Garang de Mabior, Chairman of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in attendance reviewed comprehensively the situation in Sudan in order to support the comprehensive peace agreement signed in Nairobi on January 9.
Members of the Council affirmed their readiness to give every possible assistance to implementing the accord, primarily through the speediest deployment in Southern Sudan of a full-scale UN peacekeeping operation. They underscored the importance of using the constructive experience of the Southern Sudanese settlement for a search of a politico-diplomatic solution to the conflict in the Western Sudanese area of Darfur.
Participants in the session noted the key role of the African Union mission, which is finishing the manning of its forces in this area, and the need to accelerate this process in order to organize observance of the cease-fire regime and of the measures for safeguarding the security of the civilian population.
The Council strongly condemned human rights violations and breaches of international humanitarian law in Darfur. Common was the view that these crimes should not be left unpunished. An appeal was addressed to the conflicting parties to at once put an end to violence and to ensure full compliance with UN Security Council Resolutions 1556, 1564 and 1574.
The position of the members of the UN Security Council was received with understanding by the Sudanese representatives. They accentuated their readiness for further cooperation with the African Union forces in Darfur in the context of resolving this problem, including its humanitarian aspect.
We welcome this position of Khartoum. Russia is ready to make its contribution to the United Nations' peacekeeping operation, aimed at normalizing the situation in Sudan as an important condition of the restoration of peaceful life in the country and ensuring of stability in the subregion. In accordance with the Orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin up to 50 Russian military observers and up to 20 civilian police officers will be detailed to the operation force.