KHARTOUM, 3 February 2021 – The head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) Volker Perthes arrived Khartoum Tuesday.
Perhes said he was looking forward to launch the work of the mission in support of Sudan’s transitional governmental institutions.
Last June 4, the United Nations Security Council established the mission to assist Sudan’s transition towards democratic governance.
It will provide support for peace negotiations and bolster efforts to maintain accountability, rule of law and security institutions.
The Security Council mandated the mission to provide technical assistance to the constitution drafting process, to support implementation of all human rights and equality provisions in the constitutional document.
It also has a mission to support any future peace agreements, to monitor and verify adherence to ceasefires, with particular focus on Blue Nile and South Kordofan as well as in Darfur where the outbreak of clashes has led to the killing of over 250 people.
The mission should have started its work last January 1 but its arrival was delayed because of the new coronavirus pandemic.
The head of the Sudanese National Executive Committee for Coordination with the UN mission, Omar al-Sheikh, met the mission at the airport and welcomed them to Sudan.
Al-Sheikh expressed trust in Perthes and his team to lead the mission and deploy all technical and diplomatic efforts to handle the thorny issues of the transitional government.