Ethiopia: AUC, UN chiefs express concern about upsurge in Darfur fighting

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called on the Government of Sudan to fully cooperate with the AU-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and facilitate its freedom of movement in view of the increased in fighting in the restive western region of the country.

Expressing “deep concern about the upsurge in fighting between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid, in the Jebel area of Darfur, and its effect on civilians,” the Chairperson and the Secretary-General also appealed for the freedom of movement  for humanitarian actors, noting their continued efforts to protect and provide assistance to the civilian population affected by the fighting.

“Since the outbreak of violence six weeks ago, over 90,000 civilians have been displaced in North Darfur, in addition to 2.6 million already displaced by the conflict,” said a press statement issued here by the AU Commission.

It also referred to “unconfirmed reports of significant numbers of displaced people in Central Darfur which humanitarian agencies have been unable to verify due to access restrictions.”

Stressing that there would be no military solution to the conflict in Darfur, Dlamini Zuma and Ban have called on all parties to engage in earnest negotiations for a cessation of hostilities leading to a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

They reiterated their support to the AU High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan, as well as to UNAMID, in their relentless efforts to facilitate the peace process.
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03 march 2016 19:37:49

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