UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Wednesday renewed the mandate of a joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, Sudan, known as UNAMID, for another ten months.
The 15-nation council agreed in a resolution on the mission's extension to June 30, 2015, telling the force to focus primarily on protecting civilians and aid deliveries, two key elements of UNAMID's mandate from inception.
The Council members emphasized the mission's mandate "to deliver its core tasks to protect civilians without prejudice to the primary responsibility of the Government of Sudan and to ensure the freedom of movement and security of UNAMID's own personnel and humanitarian workers," while stressing UNAMID is authorized to take all the necessary action in fulfillment of this mandate.
The resolution also streamlined the force structure of the mission, deciding that it will be comprised of up to 15,845 military personnel, 1,583 police personnel, and 13 formed police units. The previous figures, as authorized by resolution 2113 on July 30, 2013, were 16,200 military personnel, 2,310 police staff, and 17 formed police units.
The adjustment of the force structure is intended to enhance the efficiency of the mission, although the security situation in Darfur has significantly deteriorated over the last year and a half.
The resolution demanded that "all parties to the conflict in Darfur, including in particular all the non-signatory armed groups, and other groups immediately cease all acts of violence, and commit themselves to a sustained and permanent cease-fire, in order to bring a stable and durable peace to the region."
Established in 2007, UNAMID aims to support the peace process in Darfur as well as security and rule of law, and to protect civilians living in the region.