Belgium expresses concern over Darfur crisis

Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Louis Michel on Monday expressed serious concern about the "unacceptable developments" in the western Sudanese region of Darfur, roundly condemning the atrocities perpetrated there.
In a statement issued by his office, Michel urged the Sudanese government to facilitate the delivery of international aid to the displaced persons in the country.
He cited efforts by Belgium in the region, including support for the Sudan peace process through the financing of an international force in the Nuba Mountains, support for constitutional reforms and the preservation of the country's territorial integrity under a federal system.
He said Belgium has provided up to 600,000 euros for the NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres to cater for Sudanese displaced in Chad, and was now considering a similar humanitarian gesture for the those distressed Darfur region.
Moreover, a council for General Affairs held here Monday with Michel present pledged to help the African Union (AU) set up a commission to monitor the Darfur cease-fire.

24 may 2004 13:38:00

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