US wants ‘proof’ of progress by Sudan’s government on Darfur
US Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday the Trump administration wants to see “proof” from Sudan’s government — not more words — that it is making progress toward peace and protecting civilians in its vast and troubled Darfur region.
A review of the 17 000-strong joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, which costs over $1bnannually, is underway. Haley told the Security Council that the Sudanese government has tried to obstruct its operations “from day one” and “is still failing to protect its people.”
“But against all of these odds, the mission has helped to protect civilians,” she said.
The Sudanese government wants the joint mission, known as Unamid, to leave. But Haley said after 10 years the council needs to see that the Sudanese government is doing far more to help its people by meeting benchmarks to ensure peace, protect civilians and prevent violence.
“It is not enough for the government to promise to do better,” she said. “We need to see proof.”