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UN / SUDAN VOTE

The Security Council adopted a resolution calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Sudan during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SUDAN VOTE
TRT: 02:24
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / RUSSIAN / CHINESE / NATS

DATELINE: 8 MARCH 2024, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

8 MARCH 2024, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, delegates voting, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) James Kariuki, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Kingdom:
“We urge the Sudanese Armed Forces and Rapid Support Forces to act on this united international call for peace and to silence the guns. We further urged the warring parties to build trust and seek a sustainable resolution to the conflict through dialogue.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Anna M. Evstigneeva, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russia:
“Russia abstained during the vote on the UK prepared to draft resolution on the cessation of hostilities in Sudan. We decided to let this resolution through because it is a question of the lives of the Sudanese people who are suffering across the country from the consequences of the conflict. Ending the violence in Sudan should of course be the primary aim not just at the Security Council, but most importantly at the Sudanese people themselves.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert A. Wood, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs, United States:
“It is important this Council has spoken with one voice to condemn the violence, demanded ceasefire, and called on the parties to ensure removal of obstructions to the provision of critical humanitarian assistance. We acknowledge this week's announcement that the Sudanese government has agreed to one cross border access route by land from Northern Chad and access by air, but this is insufficient. Addressing the dire humanitarian needs of all Sudanese requires unhindered cross line cross border access from multiple points of entry to the most devastated areas of Sudan.”
8. Med shot, Chinese Deputy Representative, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Dai Bing, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, China:
“The lives of all people in the world are precious. While adopting a resolution on a ceasefire during the month of Ramadan in the Sudan, the Security Council must not forget that the people of Gaza are still suffering under bombardment. The international community must push for immediate ceasefire and the end to the conflict in Gaza to give the people some hope for survival and provide the basic security necessary for religious activities by the Muslims there.”
10. Med shot, delegates

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The Security Council adopted today (8 Mar) a resolution calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Sudan during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The resolution was adopted with 13 votes in favor and 2 abstentions (China, Russian Federation).

Speaking after the vote, British Ambassador James Kariuki said, “We urge the Sudanese Armed Forces and Rapid Support Forces to act on this united international call for peace and to silence the guns. We further urged the warring parties to build trust and seek a sustainable resolution to the conflict through dialogue.”

Anna M. Evstigneeva, Russian Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations explained, “Russia abstained during the vote on the UK prepared to draft resolution on the cessation of hostilities in Sudan. We decided to let this resolution through because it is a question of the lives of the Sudanese people who are suffering across the country from the consequences of the conflict. Ending the violence in Sudan should of course be the primary aim not just at the Security Council, but most importantly at the Sudanese people themselves.”

US Ambassador Robert A. Wood, said, “It is important this Council has spoken with one voice to condemn the violence, demanded ceasefire, and called on the parties to ensure removal of obstructions to the provision of critical humanitarian assistance. We acknowledge this week's announcement that the Sudanese government has agreed to one cross border access route by land from Northern Chad and access by air, but this is insufficient. Addressing the dire humanitarian needs of all Sudanese requires unhindered cross line cross border access from multiple points of entry to the most devastated areas of Sudan.”

Dai Bing, Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations explained the reason for abstention, and said, “The lives of all people in the world are precious. While adopting a resolution on a ceasefire during the month of Ramadan in the Sudan, the Security Council must not forget that the people of Gaza are still suffering under bombardment. The international community must push for immediate ceasefire and the end to the conflict in Gaza to give the people some hope for survival and provide the basic security necessary for religious activities by the Muslims there.”

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