UNITED NATIONS, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), till June 30, 2019.
Resolution 2429, which won unanimous support of the 15 members of the Security Council, also requests the mission, known by its initials as UNAMID, to consolidate a "whole-of-system" approach to Darfur that focuses on both peacekeeping and long-term solutions to conflict drivers in order to prepare for the eventual exit of the mission.
It decides that UNAMID's ceiling for troops shall be reduced over the course of this mandate renewal period to 4,050 unless the Security Council decides to adjust the scope and pace of the reduction.
The resolution authorizes the deployment of the necessary police force, not exceeding 2,500 personnel, to help implement UNAMID's mandate.
The resolution requests the UN secretary-general and the AU Commission chairperson to provide a strategic assessment of the situation to allow the Security Council to review the scope and pace of the drawdown of the mission by the end of this mandate renewal period.
It stresses that, in the context of the evolving security situation, drawdown of the mission should be implemented in a "gradual, phased, flexible and reversible manner."
Despite the planned drawdown, the resolution underlines the need "to keep the situation in all areas of Darfur under review, to conduct regular reviews of the geographic deployment of UNAMID's force and to maintain the flexibility within UNAMID to respond to developments throughout Darfur as the situation requires."
Resolution 2429 follows the June 29 adoption of Resolution 2425, which provided a technical rollover of the mandate of UNAMID till July 13.
The technical rollover was to allow more time to consider possible changes to the force configuration and mandate, particularly those proposed in the June 1 joint special report of the UN secretary-general and the AU Commission chairperson.
The western Sudanese region of Darfur has been plagued by a war between Sudanese government forces and the indigenous population since 2003. UNAMID was established by the Security Council in July 2007. Its mandate includes protecting civilians, facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid, and mediating peace.