|Remarks by Counselor Xing Jisheng at the UN Security Council Briefing on the 1591 Committee|
China thanks the Chair of the Sanctions Committee Ambassador Harold Adlai Agyeman, Permanent Representative of Ghana, for his briefing, and welcomes the Permanent Representative of Sudan to today’s meeting.
The Darfur region of Sudan is at a critical stage of transitioning from peacekeeping to peace-building. Its security situation is largely stable, but remains fragile, with violent incidents, including inter-communal clashes, occurring from time to time. China applauds the efforts of the Sudan sovereign council for maintaining stability in Darfur.
Following the withdrawal of UNAMID, the Government of Sudan assumes the primary responsibility for protection of civilians. The Council should make timely adjustments to the sanctions on Sudan in light of the evolving situation, and create good conditions for the Government of Sudan to strengthen capacity for protecting civilians. Security Council Resolution 2620 calls for the establishment of clear, well-defined and realistic benchmarks for adjusting Sudan sanctions by August 31. China hopes that this requirement can be implemented in a timely manner.
Thank you, Madam President.