China urges Security Council to adjust sanctions on Sudan’s Darfur region

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Dai Bing, China’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), has called on the Security Council to adjust the sanctions imposed on Darfur.

Speaking at the Security Council’s review of the situation in Sudan on Tuesday, Dai said the sanctions imposed on Darfur had severely restricted the Sudanese government’s ability to maintain stability and protect civilians there,.

He said the sanctions should be adjusted according to changes in the situation until lifted.

According to him, China regrets that the Security Council failed to set a benchmark for adjusting the sanctions on Sudan before Aug. 31 as required by the resolution, and urges the writing country to earnestly fulfill its responsibilities.

China also urged the writing country to resume consultations as soon as possible, and make maximum efforts to achieve consensus.

He emphasized that the relevant benchmarks should be clear and feasible, and should not go beyond the Darfur issue and existing sanctions, let alone become a political tool to delay the lifting of sanctions against Sudan.

Dai added that at present, Sudan’s economy and people’s livelihoods “continue to deteriorate, droughts and floods are hitting in turn, food security and displacement need to be solved urgently, and the humanitarian situation is facing severe challenges”.

‘`When the Sudanese people need help the most, suspending economic aid and debt relief for political purposes will aggravate Sudan’s economic and humanitarian pressure and will not help Sudan get out of the current predicament,” he said.

“China calls on relevant countries and international organisations to adopt responsible policies, resume international aid to Sudan as soon as possible, and help Sudan relieve its economic and humanitarian difficulties,” he added.

The envoy said Sudan was at a critical stage of political transition.

“Although there are still challenges and uncertainties in the political situation, all parties concerned have always adhered to dialogue and consultation.

“And have worked hard to find a solution for the restoration of the transitional government and the continuation of the political transition.

“Facts have repeatedly proved that to solve the Sudanese issue, we must find a path that suits Sudan’s national conditions and the interests of the country and its people,” he said.

Artificially imposed external plans and one-sided pursuit of quick results are not conducive to lasting political stability.

According to him, the international community should adhere to the principle of “Sudan-led and Sudanese-owned”, maintain necessary patience for internal consultations and dialogues in Sudan, as well as support and encourage the political efforts of all parties in Sudan. (NAN)

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