|Jan. 18, 2019 -- A Chinese envoy on Thursday asked the Security Council to review the sanctions against Sudan given the improvement of the situation in its Darfur region.
"The Security Council should review the sanctions on Sudan in a timely manner and make adjustments in the light of the latest developments with a view of eventually lifting the sanctions," said Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.
Doing so will send a positive signal to the countries concerned and better help the Sudanese government in maintaining peace and stability in the Darfur region, he told the Security Council, which was briefed by the Sudan sanctions committee.
The overall security situation in Darfur remains stable, and the Sudanese government is working on its reconstruction and on capacity building in governance and security, said Wu.
China believes that the Sudanese government should assume primary responsibility for maintaining the security of Darfur as the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission gradually withdraws from the region, he said.
The international community should actively help the Sudanese government to improve its own security and governance capacity and ensure that Sudanese security forces take over the security responsibilities from the peacekeeping mission as soon as possible, he said.
He also asked for international humanitarian assistance and economic support for Sudan.
China urges opposition parties and armed groups in Darfur that still resist the peace process to change their mind and participate in it and find a solution through dialogue and other political means, said Wu.