Sudan: UNAMID calls for restraint to end ethnic violence in western Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) -The UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has called upon  Rezeigat and Ma'alia ethnic communities in western Sudan's restive region to exercise restraint and check the escalation of tension between them.

The two communities have long been in armed conflict over grazing lands and cattle rustling, losing hundreds of lives on both sides despite several mediation conferences that brought them together.

The latest gathering was held in Merowe, North Sudan, in March 2015 under the auspices of Sudan's First Vice President Bakre Hassan Salih.

In a press release it issued Monday in El-Fasher, North Darfur, UNAMID urged the two communities to exercise self-restraint and resort to negotiation with the aim of reaching an end to their disputes.

The peacekeeping force has welcomed government deployment of additional troops as a buffer zone between the two communities.

In addition, UNAMID urged the Sudanese government to intensify its efforts to prevent bloodshed between the two sides. A recent clash claimed over 80 lives, mostly males from both sides, and left some hundreds wounded.

According to observers, ethnic conflicts have killed more people in Darfur than the rebellion and its consequent displacement of the local population.

-0- PANA MO/AR 11May2015

11 may 2015 18:44:34

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