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Official speeches and statements - July 28, 2021

Published on July 28, 2021

1. Tunisia - Conversation between Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Tunisian counterpart - Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris - July 28, 2021)

Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, had a conversation today with his Tunisian counterpart, Mr. Othman Jerandi, with whom he has been in close contact over recent days. He said the French authorities are following the situation in Tunisia with the closest attention.

He emphasized the importance of swiftly appointing a prime minister and forming a government capable of meeting Tunisians’ expectations, amid the crisis the country is going through. In this regard, he reiterated France’s support for Tunisians, particularly in the health field.

Mr. Le Drian stressed the need to maintain calm and the rule of law, and to enable Tunisia’s democratic institutions to swiftly function normally again.

2. United Nations - African Union-United Nations hybrid operation in Darfur - Statement by Ms. Nathalie Broadhurst, deputy permanent representative of France to the United Nations, to the Security Council (New York - July 27, 2021)

[translation from French]

First of all, I would like to thank Deputy Secretary General Atul Khare for his statement and welcome the presence of the representative of the Sudan.

I will underline three points.

First, I commend the work of UNAMID and of the Department of Operational Support, which implemented the withdrawal in a timely manner. This represented a major logistical challenge, which the United Nations were able to face.

The cooperation with Sudanese authorities helped overcome the obstacles at the local level. And this cooperation must continue, of course, throughout UNAMID’s liquidation period, which is not yet over. This will be done while ensuring the freedom of movement and security of UN personnel, as well as the protection of their premises and equipment, as has been mentioned.

My second point relates to the withdrawal of UNAMID, which is the result of Sudan’s political will to assume full responsibility for the security of the people of Darfur. This political will is of course to be welcomed. It is a necessary condition for lasting peace. However, the incidents on the ground since the beginning of the year show that this is not enough. I am thinking, first of all, of the inter-community clashes we have seen in January and in April. I am also thinking of the looting of several sites that were handed over by UNAMID to the Sudanese authorities.

We urge encourage the Sudanese authorities to accelerate the implementation of the Juba Agreements, with the support of UNITAMS, and to deploy as soon as possible the joint force provided for by these agreements. We also call on all the armed groups that have signed the agreements to return to Sudan and on the non-signatory groups to join the peace process.

Finally, and this will be my last point, France will closely monitor the transition process from UNAMID to UNITAMS. This process is essential to achieve a successful democratic transition in Sudan, which is a priority for France. But it also provides lessons for all current and future transitions of peacekeeping operations. We must pay a particularly close attention to the implementation of all the necessary human and financial resources. We will have the opportunity to examine these issues in greater depth during the Irish presidency of the Security Council in September.

Thank you for your attention.