Sudan expels UN representative in Darfur

Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Khartoum, citing complaints from local officials in Darfur saying she was "not cooperative," Saturday ordered the UN representative for humanitarian assistance in restive Darfur, Helen Kitrbak to leave Sudan within 72 hours.
Media reports quoted Humanitarian Affairs minister Mohammed Yousif Abdalla the UN office in Khartoum had been officially informed to replace Kitrbak with a cooperative person.
Notwithstanding the move, State minister for Foreign Affairs Nageeb Al-Khair Abdul-Wahab reiterated Khartoum's full commitment to its agreements with UN agencies.
The conflict in Darfur has uprooted a million people from their homes, according to UN figures, and forced 100,000 civilians to seek refuge in neighbouring Chad.
The fighting pits the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the smaller Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) against government troops and an armed Arab militias, the Janjaweed.

23 may 2004 14:17:00

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