Sudan: Sudan slams Ban over mass rape report

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has criticised UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for questioning an initial UN/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) report that there was no evidence of mass rape, allegedly committed by Sudanese soldiers, in a remote Darfurian village.

“The Secretary General should distance himself from squandering UN resources, running behind a mirage disseminated by a radio station known for its falsification (of reports),” Abdalla Azraq, the official spokesman for the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was Wednesday quoted as saying by the local media.

On Monday, Ban urged the Sudanese government to grant the UNAMID “unfettered access” to Thabit, North Darfur, to investigate allegations of a mass rape committed by Sudanese soldiers on 31 Oct.

Earlier in the week, Khartoum announced it would not grant UNAMID a second visit to the area, arguing that UNAMID had paid a field visit to the area and come out with a conclusion that there was no evidence to substantiate the alleged mass rape in the village.

Khartoum said the villagers are so angry at reports that their women were raped that they cannot guarantee the security of any UNAMID personnel visiting the area.

“With all due respect, we call on the Secretary General to look for the country where such heinous crimes of mass rape do take place,” the spokesman was quoted as saying.

Last week, the EU, the USA, Norway, and Sudanese groups called for unrestricted access for UNAMID to Thabit to probe the rape allegation.
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19 november 2014 10:43:47

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