New York (UNA-OIC) – Practically all peacekeepers and staff have now left the hybrid UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), in line with its drawdown plan, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Tuesday.
Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, updated the 15-member body on progress towards UNAMID’s closure and final liquidation, following the end of its mandate last December after 13 years protecting civilians uprooted by conflict.
Nearly 6,000 troops and police were repatriated from the Sudanese western region ahead of the drawdown deadline of 30 June, and nearly 1,200 civilian staff were separated from the mission.
The UN General Assembly recently approved nearly $80 million to support final closure no later than 30 June 2022.
Khare was in Sudan earlier this month, where he met with senior officials as part of efforts to ensure progress remains on track.
“All leaders shared their satisfaction at the successful achievement of the expedited timelines and discussed ways to resolve outstanding issues related to the liquidation and wider transition implications,” he reported.