Procedure : 2007/2644(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : RC-B6-0408/2007

Texts tabled :

RC-B6-0408/2007

Debates :

PV 25/10/2007 - 13.3
CRE 25/10/2007 - 13.3

Votes :

PV 25/10/2007 - 14.3

Texts adopted :

P6_TA(2007)0490

JOINT MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
PDF 98kDOC 67k
24 October 2007
PE396.045v01-00}
PE396.048v01-00}
PE396.050v01-00}
PE396.052v01-00}
PE396.053v01-00}
PE396.058v01-00} RC1
 
B6‑0408/2007}
B6‑0411/2007}
B6‑0413/2007}
B6‑0415/2007}
B6‑0416/2007}
B6‑0421/2007} RC1
pursuant to Rule 115(5) of the Rules of Procedure, by
   Jürgen Schröder, José Ribeiro e Castro, Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Colm Burke, Charles Tannock, Eija-Riitta Korhola and Mario Mauro, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group
   Alain Hutchinson, Josep Borrell Fontelles and Pasqualina Napoletano, on behalf of the PSE Group
   Thierry Cornillet and Marios Matsakis, on behalf of the ALDE Group
   Ryszard Czarnecki and Adam Bielan, on behalf of the UEN Group
   Frithjof Schmidt, Margrete Auken, Marie-Hélène Aubert, Raül Romeva i Rueda and Angelika Beer, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group
   Luisa Morgantini, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group
replacing the motions by the following groups:
   ALDE (B6‑0408/2007)
   PSE (B6‑0411/2007)
   GUE/NGL (B6‑0413/2007)
   UEN (B6‑0415/2007)
   Verts/ALE (B6‑0416/2007)
   PPE-DE (B6‑0421/2007)
on Sudan

European Parliament resolution on Sudan 

The European Parliament,

-  having regard to its previous resolutions on the situation in Darfur, in particular its resolution of 26 September 2007,

-  having regard to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly resolution on the situation in Darfur, adopted in Wiesbaden on 28 June 2007,

-  having regard to the Tripoli Consensus on the Political Process for Darfur, adopted in Tripoli on 28 and 29 April 2007,

-  having regard to the African Union (AU) decision of April 2004 to establish the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS),

-  having regard to UN Security Council resolution 1706 proposing a 22 000-strong peacekeeping force for Darfur,

-  having regard to the Statute of the International Criminal Court with regard to international peacekeeping missions,

-  having regard to UN Security Council resolution 1778 of 25 September 2007, which provides for the deployment of a multidimensional international presence in eastern Chad and northeastern Central African Republic (CAR) comprised of a UN mission (MINURCAT), a Chadian police force trained by the UN, and a European Union military operation (EUFOR),

   A.whereas on 30 September 2007 unidentified forces attacked an African Union base in Haskanita, South Darfur, killing 10 AU peacekeepers and civilian police, at least eight other personnel from the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) were seriously injured and approximately 40 remain missing, according to AU statements,
   B.whereas the loss of life was the worst suffered to date by the under-resourced AU force,
   C.whereas the upsurge of violence in South Darfur in recent weeks has led to the killing of three World Food Programme (WFP) drivers and has prompted the medical aid group Médecins Sans Frontières to pull its staff out of the town of Muhajiriya, leaving many displaced people with no medical care,
   D.whereas the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) force in Darfur comprises approximately 7 000 troops and civilian police at the present moment, and is virtually the only force on the ground in Darfur providing civilian protection; whereas a 26 000 member AU-UN hybrid operation, UNAMID, was authorised in July 2007 and is yet to be deployed,
   E.whereas AMIS's mission has been to monitor the Darfur Peace Agreement and several other ceasefire agreements,
   F.noting that attacks on AMIS personnel have increased lately and that, since the force was deployed in 2004, more than 25 soldiers and staff have been killed and dozens injured,
   G.whereas since the failure of the Darfur Peace Agreement there has been a rise in lawlessness and increased insecurity,
   H.welcoming the fact that the UNAMID force, unlike the current African Union observers, is authorised to intervene actively to save lives,
   I.whereas it will take a year or more before the peacekeeping mission reaches full strength,
   J.deeply saddened and shocked by the violent deaths and looting around the towns of Haskanita and Muhajiriya,
   1.Strongly condemns the killing of 10 African Union peacekeepers in Darfur, and considers this a war crime to be promptly investigated by the African Union and the United Nations;
   2.Deplores the increasing insecurity in the region, as shown by these violent acts and as constantly reported from Darfur by international observers and NGOs;
   3.Demands an immediate cessation of hostilities and attacks on AMIS, civilians and humanitarian agencies, their staff and assets and relief convoys;
   4.Calls on the Sudanese Government and the rebel groups to cooperate fully with an independent investigation into the dreadful attack in Haskanita and to bring all those responsible to justice;
   5.Stresses that the fate of those peacekeepers still missing must be established, and demands that the group responsible for the attack account for their whereabouts immediately;
   6.Deplores the fact that the attack was carried out at a time when the African Union and the United Nations are exerting maximum effort to resume peace talks on Darfur in Libya on 27 October; urges the deployment of the UNAMID force in Darfur to help put an end to the Darfur conflict;
   7.Stresses that customary laws of war prohibit directing attacks against personnel and objects involved in international peacekeeping missions, so long as they are not directly involved in hostilities;
   8.Welcomes the acceptance by the Sudanese Government on 12 June 2007 of the UNAMID force; recalls, however, that the Sudanese Government has made previous unfulfilled commitments to allow the hybrid force into Sudan; calls for rapid deployment of the UNAMID force with a mandate which enables it to efficiently protect civilians, and calls on the United Nations to fulfil its commitment and provide the troops that have been promised;
   9.Reminds the Sudanese Government that it bears the prime responsibility for internal security and that it should not abdicate this responsibility in favour of the international community;
   10.Calls on the EU Member States and the UN to mobilise without further delay crucial political, financial, logistical, technical and other support, including specialised personnel for AMIS and UNAMID, for the timely completion of the takeover by the end of December 2007; urges the Sudanese Government to accept support and troops from all nations and to do its utmost to facilitate the fulfilment of their mandates;
   11.Emphasises that the troops of all parties and their personnel, vehicles and assets must be clearly distinguishable from humanitarian aid workers in order to ensure their strict neutrality and avoid military attacks;
   12.Calls on the Commission to keep Parliament informed about any progress made on the proper use of its financial aid to AMIS and in particular the payment of salaries and per diems of AMIS soldiers;
   13.Calls on the EU, the UN and the African Union to show a united front in efforts to resolve the conflict in Darfur and to prioritise a comprehensive peace process through a political dialogue with all parties concerned;
   14.Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Commission, the Heads of State and Government and parliaments of the EU Member States, the Sudanese Government and Parliament, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Heads of State and Government of the Arab League, the governments of the ACP countries, the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and the Institutions of the African Union.

Last updated: 30 October 2007Legal notice