Khartoum, UN to coordinate humanitarian issues in Darfur

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The Sudanese government and the UN have agreed to set up a panel that would meet weekly to discuss relief and other humanitarian operations in the troubled western region of Darfur, according to an official source.
A UN humanitarian mission returning from restive Darfur urged Khartoum last Saturday to protect local people against attacks by pro-government Janjaweed militias and to allow humanitarian aid to reach the region.
Humanitarian Affairs minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid later confirmed that an agreement was reached with the UN delegation which had been to Darfur to assess humanitarian needs there.
These include the return of displaced persons to their home villages, the provision of security and the catching up with the coming agricultural season.
The minister the UN delegation, in quest of the funds, would present these requirements to donors at planned meetings in Khartoum, Geneva and New York.
He said the UN would launch an appeal for 140 million dollars for assistance to the states of North Darfur, South Darfur and West Darfur.
Concerning the repatriation of refugee, the minister said most of those who fled Kulbus and Habila had returned, while those from Teina and Kernoi were still away from their home villages.
For more than a year, the people of Darfur have been in flight from a war between Sudanese government troops and rebels of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).
The UN estimates more than a million people have been displaced by the fighting since February 2003.

03 may 2004 12:01:00

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