In a move that may significantly impact Sudan’s political dynamics, the country’s military-led government has officially requested the United Nations (UN) to terminate its political mission, the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). This revelation came to light through a letter that Reuters had access to review. UNITAMS was originally instituted to aid in the political transition following the dismissal of long-standing President Omar al-Bashir.
Implications of the Request
While the international community watches on, the Sudanese administration’s call for the termination of UNITAMS underscores the intricacies and often tense relationship between the UN’s peacekeeping and political missions and their host governments. This is particularly true in scenarios marked by significant internal political changes and instability, such as Sudan’s current situation.
UNITAMS and Sudan’s Political Landscape
Established in the aftermath of President Omar al-Bashir’s ousting, UNITAMS was designed to facilitate a smooth political transition. However, the present government, which assumed power in a coup in October 2021, has expressed its preference to end the mission’s operations. This decision, if agreed upon, could reshape Sudan’s political landscape, inducing a ripple effect on the international community’s engagement with the country.
The UN Security Council’s Role
Following the Sudanese government’s request, the UN Security Council convened an open briefing to discuss UNITAMS and the ongoing political developments in Sudan. The Assistant Secretary General for Africa is anticipated to address the worsening humanitarian situation in the country. The report also brings attention to the involvement of African organizations in Sudan’s peace talks, stressing the need for a comprehensive plan to enhance the engagements and coordination on Sudan.
Source: BNN Breaking