Statement by H.E. Ambassador SHINO Mitsuko, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, at the United Nations Security Council Briefing on the Sudan (resolution 2715 (2023))

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June 18, 2024

Thank you, Mr. President.

I thank the ASG Ms. Pobee, Director of OCHA Ms. Wosornu, and Ms. Ahmed for their briefings.

At the outset, Japan welcomes the adoption of resolution 2736 (2024) on El-Fasher and thanks the United Kingdom for constructively leading the negotiations.

The ongoing conflict in Sudan is creating all manner of tragedies, including the killing of civilians, hunger, sexual and gender-based violence, mobilisation of children, and refugees and displaced persons. The fighting must end immediately. Bearing this in mind, I would like to stress five points today.

First and foremost, the Sudanese Armed Forces and Rapid Support Forces must immediately cease hostilities throughout Sudan, including localised conflicts, and reach a ceasefire agreement as soon as possible. They must respect the Council resolutions and seriously engage with international and regional peace efforts, such as the Jeddah talks. Japan encourages Personal Envoy Mr. Lamamra to redouble his efforts to use his good offices to complement and coordinate these endeavours.

Second, full, rapid, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access, including cross-border and crossline, must be allowed. Japan strongly calls on all parties to allow and facilitate such access. We welcome recent improvements in facilitation by the Sudanese authorities in issuing visas and travel authorisations. We also note that the 2024 Humanitarian Response Plan is still significantly underfunded; timely disbursement of pledged funding is critical.

Third, international law must be upheld by the fighting parties. Japan demands that the parties comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law, including by ensuring the protection of civilians. Japan calls on the parties to allow civilians to move to safe areas, especially, but not limited to, in and around El-Fasher.

Fourth, the arms embargo measures must be strictly implemented. Supplies of weapons and ammunition from outside only prolong this conflict. Japan repeats its call for an end to any external interference that fuels the conflict and foments instability.

Lastly, we call on all parties to the conflict to ensure an orderly transition to civilian rule while securing meaningful participation of women in political decision-making. Such participation is a precondition to creating lasting peace and security in line with the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda.

In this regard, Japan, in partnership with IGAD, supported the participation of approximately 180 women in the meeting of Sudanese civilian actors in Addis Ababa in May. Also, last week in Tokyo, our Minister for Foreign Affairs and Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Executive Secretary of IGAD, confirmed their continued cooperation for achieving peace and stability in the Horn of Africa. Japan urges all parties to the conflict to listen to the voices of those women calling for an immediate ceasefire.

To conclude, Mr. President, I would like to call on my fellow Security Council colleagues to speak with one voice to send a robust message for peace and security in Sudan.

I thank you.

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