UN: Unwanted person policy cannot be applied to UN personnel

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric spoke about the issue at the daily press conference.

Sharing the information that Perthes is currently in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, Dujarric noted that they will provide information in case of a change in his location.

Dujarric said, “The ‘person-undesirable’ principle cannot be applied to UN personnel. If member states apply this principle, it violates their obligations under the UN Charter and the privileges and immunities of UN personnel.” used the phrases.

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In a written statement from the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “The government of the Republic of Sudan has officially notified the UN Secretary-General that Volker Perthes, the UN Representative to Sudan and Head of the UN’s Transitional Integrated Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), has been declared persona non grata as of Thursday, 8 June.” statements were made.

General Burhan’s letter to Guterres

The Chairman of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council and Commander of the Army, Gen. Abdulfettah al-Burhan, asked Guterres to nominate an alternative candidate to Perthes last month.

Burhan claimed that Perthes had misinformed in the reports he presented to them, arguing that there was a consensus on the framework agreement signed on 5 December 2022 between the military and civilian groups, and that these allegations clearly contradicted the facts.

Claiming that the presence of Perthes had a negative impact on the impression towards the UN, Burhan stated that the length of time Perthes was at the head of the mission was an indication that UNITAMS did not contribute to the successful realization of the transition process.

Burhan, in his letter, “We ask the UN Secretary General Guterres to nominate an alternative candidate to Perthes.” had used the phrase.

Guterres was shocked by the letter

In the statement made on the Twitter account of the Spokesperson of the UN Secretary General, it was noted that Guterres was shocked by the letter he received from Burhan.

In the statement, it was emphasized that Guterres was proud of the work of Perthes, the UN Representative in Sudan, and reaffirmed his full confidence in him.

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