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Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations

Philippine Statement

H.E. Ambassador HILARIO G. DAVIDE, JR.
Permanent Representative


62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Agenda Item 161
Financing of the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur
for the period 01 July 2007 to 30 June 2008
New York, 19 November 2007

Mr. Chairman,

My delegation would like to thank the Officer-in-Charge of the Peacekeeping Finance Division, Mr. Bock Yeo, representing the Comptroller, Mr. Warren Sach, for introducing the Secretary-General’s report outlining the proposed budget for the African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) and ACABQ Chairman, Mr. Rajat Saha, for presenting the ACABQ’s report on this mission.

My delegation also associates itself with the statement of the distinguished representative of Pakistan delivered on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

Mr. Chairman,

The success of a U.N. peacekeeping operation is contingent both on the clear and robust mandate it is given and the provision of adequate resources vitally necessary to fulfill such mandate. As a regular contributor of military and police personnel to various U.N. missions around the world, including several in Africa, particularly in Sudan, my delegation strongly believes in and subscribes to this conviction. We should remove all obstacles to ensure that our people on the ground be equipped with the knowledge and tools to accomplish their mission.

Given the ultimate goal of ending the suffering in Darfur, UNAMID must be given all the support it requires and deserves. Inasmuch as the distinct operational considerations of this African Union – United Nations collaboration have been deliberated upon by the African Union, the United Nations and the host, the Government of Sudan, a fact acknowledged by the distinguished Permanent Representative of Angola speaking on behalf of the African Group, my delegation joins others in supporting the UNAMID budget proposed by the Secretary-General as contained in document A/62/380.

Mr. Chairman,

My delegation also views UNAMID as a concrete manifestation of cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union, particularly in the spirit of the Declaration on Enhancing U.N. – A.U. Cooperation: Framework for the Ten-Year Capacity Building Program for the African Union signed on 16 November 2006. The United Nations has always been an unwavering ally of Africa, and Africa’s regional and sub-regional institutions have become more and more active partners with the U.N. over the years, especially in Darfur through the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS). Approval of the Secretary-General’s budget proposal would not only recognize the African Union’s efforts in Darfur, it will also further strengthen this cooperation and partnership in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peace-building.

Thank you.

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