KHARTOUM, May 29 (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese government on Sunday reiterated that it has the final say on whether or not should the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) stay in the country, official SUNA news agency reported.
A United Nations spokesperson on Sunday said that the decision on whether or not should UNMIS stay in Sudan was a decision for the U.N. Security Council.
"The decision on whether to end or keep the term of UNMIS is the decision of the Sudanese government and not any other trend. The UN mission should get ready to pack up before the end of the transitional period on July 9," SUNA quoted Khalid Musa, spokesman for the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as saying.
"The deployment of the UN troops was on consent of the Sudanese government in the first place and in accordance with the principles of its national sovereignty and top national interests. Therefore, the decision to allow these troops to stay until July 9 comes as part of the government's fulfillment of its commitments toward the peace process and the agreement signed with the UN in this respect," he added.
Khartoum on Saturday formally notified the United Nations that presence of UNMIS in the country would end on July 9, 2011. The UNMIS was established in Sudan in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution 1590 issued on March 24, 2005.
According to the resolution, UNMIS was tasked to monitor and verify the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement and to investigate violations; to liaise with bilateral donors on the formation of Joint Integrated Units and to observe and monitor movement of armed groups and redeployment of forces in the areas of UNMIS deployment in accordance with the Ceasefire Agreement besides other tasks.
The UNMIS mandated was set to end by the end of the CPA, i.e. July 9, 2011, when south Sudan would officially declare independent.
Khartoum insisted that UNMIS mandate must end as scheduled, while south Sudan demanded the mission peacekeepers to remain within its territories. UNMIS deployed around 10,592 peacekeepers including 9,451 soldiers, 486 military observers and 655 police officers.