Statement by Joonkook Hwang, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of June, at the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Sudan and South Sudan

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June 18, 2024

The representative of the Republic of Korea, Council President for June, spoke in his national capacity to underline the need for hostilities to cease, as well as the importance of local mediation mechanisms towards this end.

All parties in Sudan must comply with their obligations under international law, and he urged them to exercise strict command and control systems over their forces.

While noting Sudanese authorities’ recent efforts to facilitate humanitarian aid, he called for further cooperation — “including the reopening of the crucial Adré border crossing” pursuant to resolution 2736 (2024). Additionally, external interference must cease, and the Sudanese parties to the conflict must realize, he stressed, that “this senseless war cannot be justified for any reason, nor does victory in such a war confer legitimacy”.

Stressing that “the UN’s role is more essential in Sudan than anywhere else”, he urged the Council — in the wake of UNITAMS’ termination — “to discuss the necessity of peace operations in Sudan as one possible option”.





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