I have the honor to speak on behalf of the European Union.
First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Rashid Khalikov of OCHA for his briefing.
Let me inform you that on March 16 the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU met in Brussels and adopted conclusions in which they called upon the Government of Sudan to urgently reconsider their decision to expel 13 international humanitarian NGOs and revoke the licenses of three local NGOs. The ministers also called on the Government of Sudan to ensure that humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people in Sudan be continuously guaranteed, guided by principles of human rights and international humanitarian law.
Moreover, the ministers recalled the declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the EU. In this declaration, Mr. President, the EU expresses its belief that the continued delivery of humanitarian assistance in Sudan is of the highest importance to save lives and is crucial in creating a conducive environment for the implementation of all peace processes in Sudan, which the EU will continue to support strongly.
The Government of Sudans decision to expel 13 international humanitarian NGOs from Sudan and to revoke the licenses of three local NGOs is a direct and immediate threat to the continuity of international humanitarian assistance in Darfur and damages aid operations in the rest of Northern Sudan. These NGOs provide a vital service to some millions of vulnerable Sudanese civilians, guided by the principles of human rights and international humanitarian law.
Thank you, Mr. President.