Donors meet on embattled Sudanese region of Darfur

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A donor conference on the humanitarian situation and flow of aid to war victims in Sudan's troubled western region of Darfur has been announced for early June in Geneva.
The UN estimates that more than 2 million people have so far been displaced by the fighting between rebel movements in the area and the pro-government Arab Janjaweed militia.
About 432,329 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are in West Darfur, 320,906 in North Darfur and 233,138 in South Darfur, while the rest are refugees who fled to neighbouring Chad.
In a statement issued Saturday, Foreign Affairs secretary of state Najib Al-Khair Abul-Wahab confirmed the government's participation at the donor conference, saying the meeting would adopt measures on the flow of humanitarian aid.
He said that the conference would announce an action plan for the enhancement of humanitarian aid to Darfur, adding that Khartoum was making efforts to strengthen partnership with the UN and NGOs.
Abdul-Wahab met Saturday with Acting UN Resident Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, Neimal Ramashandran, with whom he discussed measures taken by the Foreign ministry in coordination with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs concerning the flow of humanitarian aid to Darfur.
Although a ceasefire signed last 8 April between the Sudanese government and the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement (SLA) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) is holding, sporadic fighting continues to undermine efforts to reach the needy with aid.

23 may 2004 09:52:00




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