New York, 16 December 2010
Statement by Ms. Mirsada Čolaković, Minister Counsellor,
Deputy Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations
at the UN Security Council Debate
on Reports of the Secretary-General on the Sudan
I wish to join other delegations in thanking Under-Secretary-General Alain Le Roy and President Benjamin Mkapa, Chair of the Secretary-General’s Panel on the Referenda in the Sudan, for their comprehensive and informative briefings. We welcome the participation of His Excellency Mr. Mutrif Siddiq, State Minister at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs of the Sudan, and Mr. Pagan Amum, Secretary General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.
I would like to reiterate Bosnia and Herzegovina’s support for the full and timely implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). At this stage, it is critical that the CPA parties redouble their efforts to fulfil their commitments and obligations.
Bearing in mind the tight referendum calendar, it is of the utmost importance to get all procedural work finished in a timely manner. We therefore call upon the parties to prevent any further delays in the referendum process. With regard to the resolution of the issue of Abyei, we are concerned that the parties have not yet agreed over the eligibility of voters.
As far as the post-referendum process is concerned, the establishment of working groups on wealth-sharing, citizenship, security and international legal instruments, as well as the anticipated establishment of a joint secretariat for negotiations, are positive steps. However, the process should be conducted more expeditiously.
We welcome the efforts of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the African Union Panel in facilitating and intensifying the negotiations between the parties on outstanding issues. It is essential that the parties continue dialogue in a spirit of compromise in order to close the differences on substantial CPA issues, including borders, revenue sharing, citizenship and Abyei.
We commend the assistance and engagement of the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) in the process of preparing and conducting the referendums, as well as its technical and logistical support to the process. We are encouraged by the contingency planning of UNMIS to address challenges that may arise during this critical time.
Finally, Bosnia and Herzegovina fully supports the efforts made by UNMIS in the protection of civilians. In that regard, we call upon both parties to remove all restrictions on UNMIS’s freedom of movement and to allow UNMIS to exercise its mandate.