The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today welcomed the decision of the United Nations Security Council to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) to April 30, 2011.
“Canada welcomes the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sudan to April 30, 2011, and the Security Council’s intention to renew it further if required,” said Minister Cannon. “Canada commends the mission’s work and is encouraged that it will continue its efforts in support of peace and stability in Sudan.”
UNMIS was created in 2005 to support implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended the civil war between northern and southern Sudan, the longest-running in Africa. This extension strengthens the mission’s mandate to protect civilians as the CPA enters a critical phase and paves the way for an UNMIS presence both in the lead-up to and after the January 2011 referendum on the future status of southern Sudan.
“Canada supports the implementation of the CPA,” said Minister Cannon. “UNMIS has played and should continue to play a lead role in international efforts to ensure that Sudan remains on track toward the implementation of the remaining provisions of the CPA, including transparent and credible referendum processes. We call on all parties involved to work together and in coordination with UNMIS and the African Union to ensure a peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues.
“Canada currently has Canadian Forces personnel and civilian police deployed to UNMIS, where they play an important role in key positions. They protect civilians, train southern Sudanese police officers, and assist in the delivery of much-needed humanitarian assistance to at-risk people in southern Sudan.
“Canada remains committed to promoting sustainable peace in Sudan. Canada has contributed $760 million since 2006 for the attainment of peace and humanitarian goals in Sudan, and is engaging actively in the Darfur peace process and discussions on the post-referendum future of Sudan.”
For more information on Canada’s engagement in Sudan, please consult Canada: Active in Sudan.