Annan expresses concern about situation in Darfur

N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has expressed great concern about the situation in the troubled western Sudanese region of Darfur.
In a message to the belligerents at peace talks underway here, Annan said "civilian victims and grave human rights violations are reported daily," stressing that "this is unacceptable and should cease.
" He lauded efforts by Chad and the international community to mediate an end to the conflict.
"I appreciate the efforts made by president [Idriss] Deby, the Government of Sudan, others parties to the conflict, and the international community to put an end to the hostilities and to find a sustainable solution to the causes of the conflict.
"The fighting must first cease and I strongly encourage all the parties to work intensely towards the declaration of an effective humanitarian cease-fire," he said.
The UN boss said "humanitarian organisations and their staff must also have secure and unrestricted access to all persons needing assistance," adding "the UN remains ready to assist in the search for solutions.

01 april 2004 23:52:00

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