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France fully supports the activities of the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) and more generally speaking those of the Secretary-General and of the United Nations system in that country. France is firmly committed to the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which UNMIS is mandated to assist. The Agreement has helped put an end to several decades of conflict and has defined a framework for peace, unity and the future development of the Sudan.
We are also firmly committed to the peaceful resolution of the Darfur crisis, which has for several years made necessary the largest humanitarian operation in the world. In that context, we back the Secretary-General’s three tracks for action to address the crisis situation created by the decision of the Government of the Sudan to expel numerous non governmental organizations (NGOs), as clearly described in the report of the Secretary-General (S/2009/211).
In particular, we continue to call upon the Government of the Sudan to reverse the closures and expulsions of NGOs which until recently provided a key portion of the humanitarian assistance to the population, especially in the Three Areas, and to restore an environment conducive to the work of humanitarian actors. We note, as the Secretary-General notes in his report, that "the expulsions and closures have the potential to create a serious humanitarian crisis" (S/2009/211, para. 88).
France is committed to ensuring that the Security Council and the United Nations system follow the situation very closely, without underestimating its gravity, in order to ensure that all parties shoulder their responsibility under international humanitarian law and under the commitments they have undertaken, and to make it possible for humanitarian assistance to reach people who today desperately need it.