MPs and peers, including Henry Bellingham and Baroness Cox, warn that the mission to safeguard civilians in Darfur is being starved of UN funds
We are writing following the decisions taken at the United Nations to drastically reduce the funding allocation to the UN/AU mission in Darfur (Unamid) with immediate effect. The UN security council passed resolution 2363 on 29 June which included phased losses of 44% of Unamid’s troops and 30% of its police officers by the end of the year. On the same day, the UN general assembly voted to reduce the budget allocated by 50% with immediate effect.
This development amounts to a hollowing out of the mission in Darfur. We’ve heard in recent weeks from Unamid head Jeremiah Mamabolo and the US envoy Steven Koutsis that service delivery and civilian protection will suffer. Throughout the negotiations, the UK government stood against these cuts and achieved important concessions in the final resolution. We commend their work during the process and our parliamentary group stands with them in the fight to ensure Unamid’s mandate to protect civilians in Darfur can be credibly carried out.
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