AU expresses concern over situation in Darfur

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The fifth ordinary session of the African Union's Executive Council, which ended here on Monday, expressed concerns about the risk of regional destabilisation likely to be prompted by the crisis in the Sudanese region of Darfur.
The humanitarian crisis and human rights violations blamed on Janjaweed militias in Darfur aroused the Council's concerns.
"The Executive Council stresses the need to prosecute all the perpetrators of serious human rights violations in Darfur," according to the resolution adopted by the AU African Foreign Ministers.
In the document, the ministers also exhort the Sudanese government, the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equity Movement (JEM) to respect the cease-fire agreement signed last 8 April.
They urged the protagonists of the Darfur crisis to co-operate with the cease-fire monitoring commission "to facilitate the efforts being carried out to restore a lasting peace in Darfur," and advised them to take part in the political negotiations scheduled to begin 15 July in the Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Besides, the Executive Council commended the appointment of a special envoy of the AU Commission chairperson for the Darfur crisis, and hailed the financial support hitherto granted by the British government and the European Union for the deployment of the UN mission in this province, as well as the logistic support secured from the US, the resolution added.

06 july 2004 12:36:00

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