Thank you Mr. President,
We welcome the ICC Chief Prosecutor Mrs. Fatou Bensouda in the Council and thank her for the briefing she has given.
We have taken a careful note of the Sixteenth report of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), submitted to the UN Security Council pursuant to resolution 1593 (2005).
We have also heard the statement of the distinguished permanent representative of Sudan.
First,Like several other members of this Council, Pakistan is not a signatory to the statue of the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, Pakistan acknowledges the rights and obligations of the State Parties to the ICC.
Second,Darfur remains one of the most complicated and intractable issues on the agenda of this Council. Darfur and other parts of the Sudan are suffering from the tragic consequences of this dispute.
Third,Pakistan supports a durable and peaceful resolution of the situation in Darfur through an inclusive political process, which respects and upholds the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sudan. The people of Sudan will benefit from conditions of peace and stability in Darfur. Creation of such conditions is also vital for the security and stability of the entire region.
Fourth,The goal of durable peace in Darfur can only be realized through a comprehensive, multi-pronged strategy. Such a strategy should provide impetus to the political process; promote a peaceful solution through dialogue, justice and reconciliation; establish a conducive security situation; and address the human rights and humanitarian aspects of the conflict in Darfur.
Fifth,We reiterate our support for the efforts of the United Nations, as well as the African Union, particularly its High-level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), towards achieving peace, stability, justice and reconciliation in Darfur. The role and positions of the regional organizations especially African Union (AU), and the League of Arab States (LAS) ; as well as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should be taken into account in our pursuit for justice in the Darfur region.
Sixth,Pakistan expresses concern at violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in the Darfur region. It is the obligation of all states to guarantee and protect right to life of all their citizens. It is also the primary responsibility of the Government of Sudan, which must take all necessary measures to investigate human rights violations in Darfur and bring perpetrators to justice.
Seventh,At the same time, actions of all parties in Darfur need to be scrutinized and investigated. The destabilizing activities of the Darfuri armed rebel movements and their attacks against civilians and humanitarian workers should be strongly condemned and thoroughly investigated. The perpetrators of such attacks should be brought to justice. Sanctions should be imposed against all armed movements that continue to obstruct the peace process in Darfur and against those involved in the violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.
Eighth,I conclude by reiterating that the overall objective of the international community and this Council is the attainment of durable peace, stability and justice in Sudan. We should harmonize and consolidate our efforts for the early achievement of this objective.