Canada Welcomes Mandate Renewal of African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur

(No. 245 - August 4, 2010 - 2:15 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today welcomed the decision of the United Nations Security Council to extend the mandate of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Sudan (UNAMID) to July 31, 2011:

“Canada welcomes the resolution renewing the mandate of UNAMID to July 31, 2011. Canada commends the Mission’s work and is encouraged that it will continue its efforts to support peace and stability in Darfur.

“The resolution strongly condemns all attacks on UNAMID personnel and calls on UNAMID to make full use of its mandate and capabilities to protect civilians and to ensure safe and unhindered humanitarian access.

“In keeping with the resolution, Canada urges the Government of Sudan to comply with its obligations to cooperate with UNAMID and remove all obstacles to the Mission’s operations.

“In addition to deploying Canadian Forces personnel to UNAMID, Canada provides equipment, such as state-of-the-art armoured personnel carriers, and training to formed police units deployed to the Mission. Along with the United States, Canada currently co-chairs the Friends of UNAMID group.

“As the UN Security Council resolution states, there can be no military resolution to the Darfur conflict. Canada fully supports the peace process in Doha, Qatar, led by the African Union-United Nations Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Djibrill Ypènè Bassolé.”

For more information on Canada’s engagement in Sudan, please consult Canada: Active in Sudan.

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