Guterres calls for action to end deadly clashes between herders, farmers in Africa

New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed deep concern about deadly clashes between herders and farmers in North and Central Africa and called for action to end the bloodshed.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York on Thursday, he said the UN stands ready to support efforts to resolve the mounting clashes as well as the resulting banditry, extortion and cattle rustling.

More than 80 people in central Nigeria were killed in land disputes between the two sides this week. However, this has been a long-standing issue with similar incidents occurring in other countries in Africa, causing more than 1,000 deaths over the past year alone, according to media reports.

“He (Guterres) condemns the resulting loss of life, property and livelihoods, as well as population displacement, which undermines peaceful coexistence between communities in many of the affected countries. It is also detrimental to regional stability,” the statement said.

The UN chief urged all concerned governments, regional organizations, civil society and other parties to work together to find solutions to the conflicts.

He also underlined the readiness and commitment of the UN to support national and regional efforts in this regard.
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29 يونيو 2018 05:15:10

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