Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
July 11, 2011

Reuters/UNTV soundbite:

UN Ambasssador Susan Rice: "The United States deeply regrets the necessity to vote on this resolution to end the UNMIS mandate. We call on the government of Sudan yet again to reconsider its demand that UNMIS cease its activities in the Republic of Sudan effective July 9. The mission has a critical role to continue to play in regional stability especially in the two areas. The United States is sending a clear message along with other Council members that it wants the United Nations to remain in the two areas especially at this critical juncture. With this resolution, the Council has made clear that it is ready to authorize continued U.N. operations in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile to support new security arrangements. And we will continue over the coming weeks to urge the government of Sudan to accept this. It is in their interest to do so." Full Text»