Sudan: UNAMID urges restraint amid renewed clashes in Darfur region

El Fasher, Sudan (PANA) - Fighting has been taking place in the past few days between Government of Sudan forces and rebel movements in the restive North and East Darfur region of western Sudan, with reports of multiple casualties, according to the international peacekeeping force in the region.

In a press statement on Monday, the Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Jeremiah Mamabolo, said that the Mission was deeply concerned about these developments.

“Significant progress has been made on the road towards peace and security in Darfur, and it would be a serious setback to see these gains jeopardized” said Mr. Mamabolo.

“UNAMID calls on all parties involved in this latest round of fighting to show restraint and use the peace process to resolve all outstanding issues. This is the only course of action that can satisfy the interests of the people of Darfur.”

UNAMID reminded all the parties of their unilateral commitment to a ceasefire which was decided in goodwill with a view to advancing the peace process.

According to the statement, UNAMID personnel in the vicinity of the clashes have been put on high alert. The Mission has dispatched verification patrols and was collecting information by other means from areas mentioned in incoming reports.
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22 may 2017 18:19:27




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