Statement by Permanent Representative Vassily Nebenzia in explanation of vote on the UNSC resolution on extending the mandate of the Panel of Experts of the Security Council Committee on the Sudan established pursuant to resolution 1591
The Russian delegation supported the draft resolution on extending the mandate of the Panel of Experts of the Security Council Sudan Sanctions Committee established pursuant to resolution 1591.
As we can see, there is a steady trend towards the normalization of the situation in Darfur. We acknowledge the generally positive dynamics in the military and political situation as well as in the peaceful conflict resolution in the Sudanese region. Obviously, observed positive developments show that the sanctions imposed 15 years ago have attained their purpose.
Today's document strengthens the understanding that now it’s time to develop a clear road map for the review of the SC restrictions and the eventual lifting of the sanctions on the Sudan.
Eritrea's experience shows that, with the political will it is possible to achieve substantial progress in lifting the sanctions. We hope that our colleagues at the Security Council will find the courage to take this important and necessary step.
We would like to highlight Khartoum's mediation efforts on the Central African and South Sudanese negotiating tracks. Such steps, aimed at stabilizing the entire subregion, should certainly be duly noted by the international community and, above all, by the Security Council, which has the primary responsibility for maintaining peace and security.
In conclusion, we would like to emphasize once again that any Security Council sanctions regime should be reviewed and adapted to the realities on the ground. We hope that specific parameters for lifting sanctions on the Sudan will soon be laid out. Obviously, the time has come to do this.
Thank you for your attention.