Khartoum, Jan. 25 (SUNA) – The representative of the United Nations Secretary General and head of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), Mr. Volker Perthes, is due to arrive in Khartoum next week.
The mission comes as an alternative to the UNAMID mission, which mandate expired last December and started withdrawal of its forces from Sudan.
It is noteworthy that UNAMID was operating under Chapter Seven which authorizes the United Nations to use of armed force in Sudan, and now it is being replaced by the Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) according to Chapter Six.
This was announced by the Chairman of the National Committee for Cooperation and Coordination with the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), ambassador Omer Al-Sheikh, who explaining that UNITAMS was established according to Resolution 52.24, issued unanimously by the UN Security Council.
He pointed to the start of the committee to its duties in Khartoum, and emphasized its independence and its representation to all the state organs.
At the regular news forum of Sudan News Agency (SUNA) Monday ambassador Al-Sheikh said that the four main tasks of UNITAMS are the recognition of Sudan's exit from its isolation, assistance to Sudan in the process of transition to democratic governance, implementation of the peace building process, in addition to mobilizing the international resources to help Sudan economic growth.
On her part, Dr. Manal Mohamed Ahmed, the official in charge of the coordination with the mission, said that the committee works in coordination with the UN mission on several levels and axes including the internal level that deals with internal activities and meetings and at the common level that relates to the cooperative relationship between the National Committee and the UN mission to agree on the means to implement the mission's tasks.
She indicated that the main objective of the committee is to facilitate the mission of UNITAMS and to carry out effective coordination between the mission and the concerned authorities.
Meanwhile, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the committee, Mustafa Abu Ali, indicated that the UNITAMS mission will be based in Khartoum and will have eight regional offices in Al-Fasher, Zalenge, Nyala, Kadugli, Kauda, Damazin, Kassala and Port-Sudan.
Abu Ali explained that the United Nations has allocated 34 million dollars for the budget of UNITAMS for the first year, stressing that what the United Nations provides to Sudan through the mission is not assistance or aid, but rather a right on ground that Sudan is an original member of the United Nations, calling for establishment of a trust fund to mobilize resources that come as external support to Sudan.
It is worth noting that the mission is composed of 16 components, which are 12 foreign components and four components from Sudan.
There are 269 employees work with UNITAMS, who are currently working under the leadership of Ms. Stephanie Khoury until the arrival of Mr. Volker Perthes, the representative of the United Nations Secretary General to assume the position of the head of the mission.