Sudan ready to cooperate on humanitarian aid to South Kordufan, Blue Nile

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Tuesday said it was ready to cooperate with the international community to address the humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, two areas still suffering from civil strife.

The declaration follows the 2 November expiration date of the memorandum of understanding Khartoum signed with the United Nations, the Arab League and African Union, the state-run Radio of Omdurman reported Tuesday.

Following a meeting here Tuesday with the representative of the UN Secretary-General, Haile Mangirios, Sudanese Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid called on the UN, the humanitarian action partners and the international community to pressurize the rebel movement, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement – North Sudan, to halt the shelling of civilians.

He accused the rebels of preventing delivery of aid to the needy people and shelling civilians.

Hamid said, despite the expiry of the memorandum of understanding, his government remained committed to cooperate with the international community for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to affected people without discrimination, despite obstacles placed by the rebel movement.

Sudan and South Sudan on 27 November signed an agreement under the auspices of the African Union to work out modalities for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to civilians trapped in conflict areas in South Kordufan and Blue Nile.

Sudan says such relief, as stipulated by the tri-partite memorandum, should go through the government channel and under its supervision. The rebels have challenged this demand.

The UN, AU and Arab league reached separate agreements with the two sides, but until the dateline set expired, there was no lull in the areas or political concessions to allow for the delivery of aid.
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