UN Peacekeeping chief on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan – Security Council Open VTC

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  • Briefing by Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan during the Security Council Open VTC on 28 April 2020.

    UN Peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix briefed on the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

    He said “Despite the improving relation between Sudan and South Sudan it remains very unlikely that progress will be made in determining the final status of the Abyei area in the short to medium term.”

    Mr. Lacroix seeked the continued support of the Security Council to extend the mandate of UNISFA for a further period of 6 months until 15 October 2020.

    Learn more on the situation in the region: Report of the UN Secretary-General on the situation in Abyei: https://bit.ly/3aJfUHB

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    South Sudan, is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa.

    It gained independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011, making it the most recent sovereign state or country with widespread recognition. Its capital and largest city is Juba.

    It includes the vast swamp region of the Sudd, formed by the White Nile and known locally as the Bahr al Jabal meaning “Mountain Sea”.

    South Sudan has a population of 12 million, mostly of the Nilotic peoples, and it is demographically among the youngest nations in the world, with roughly half under 18 years old. The majority of inhabitants adhere to Christianity or various traditional faiths.

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    Sudan’s history goes back to the Pharaonic period. Independence from the British was proclaimed on 1 January 1956.

    Islam was Sudan’s state religion and Islamic laws applied from 1983 until 2020 when the country became a secular state. The economy has been described as lower-middle income and relies on oil production. Sudan is a member of the United Nations, the Arab League, African Union, COMESA, Non-Aligned Movement and the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation.

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