UN officials and diplomats welcomed on Wednesday
an agreement reached between the world body, the African Union (AU) and the
Sudanese government to dispatch a proposed peacekeeping force to Darfur.
The 15-member UN Security Council was briefed on Wednesday morning by UN
Undersecretary-general Jean-Marie Guehenno on the tripartite agreement announced
Tuesday by the AU in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Speaking to reporters after the council meeting, Guehenno hailed the
agreement as "a significant step forward."
"We needed that step. We have that step now and we believe we can build on
it," he said.
"It's very important to reach the agreement now (which) allows us to prepare
for the hybrid mission," Guehenno said. "We hope that the Security Council will
be in a position to adopt a resolution which will provide the basis for that
The council's president for June, Johan Verbeke of Belgium, said that
"generally there was a welcoming of this agreement as reported by the
Verbeke said members of the council "calls for the timely and full
implementation of the agreement."
"They support a political process ... and call upon all parties for the
immediate and unconditional respect of the cease-fire," Verbeke