Statement by H.E. Ambassador ISHIKANE Kimihiro, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, at the Security Council Briefing on “the Situation in Sudan”

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August 9, 2023

Thank you, Madam President. I thank ASG Pobee and Ms. Wosornu for their updates. Japan highly appreciates their dedication to their work for the Sudanese people. I also welcome the Permanent Representative of Sudan who joins us today.

I thank the United Kingdom for requesting this timely open briefing. It is the Security Council’s responsibility to continuously express its firm position on the ongoing clashes, which have severely undermined efforts to restore Sudan’s political transition and have worsened the humanitarian situation.

I would like to mention the following three points.

First, Japan continues its strong call on the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) to immediately stop fighting and return to a peaceful and inclusive political process. It is regrettable that almost four months have passed without any clear sign from the parties of a readiness to end hostilities. Japan urges both parties to seriously commit to international and regional efforts toward a long-term ceasefire, unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid, and the resumption of political dialogue. The parties also must uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law and ensure the safety of civilians including humanitarian personnel.

Second, Japan shares the United Nations’ deep concern about the severe impact of the fighting on civilians in the Darfur region. We are especially concerned by the reports of targeting of civilian populations and facilities. Japan also seriously takes note of the Secretary General’s concern about the increasing violence. Again, Japan strongly emphasizes that all violence must stop immediately and obligations under international humanitarian law must be upheld by all.

Japan is concerned that the deteriorated situation could pose a risk beyond the border. We thank Sudan’s neighboring countries for hosting refugees despite their own humanitarian challenges. In June, Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of USD 5 million for humanitarian assistance in Sudan, as well as a Grant Aid to be implemented through Japanese NGOs in Sudan and Chad.

Third, I would like to stress that Japan’s strong support for UNITAMS remains unchanged. In this regard, Japan is ready to actively contribute to the upcoming discussions on how best to renew the Mission’s mandate to adapt to the situation on the ground.

To conclude, Japan reiterates its commitment to supporting the Sudanese people.

I thank you.

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