Sudanese govt sends 196 tonnes of supplies to Darfur

  Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Ten trucks carrying 196 tonnes of food and shelter materials on Wednesday left Al-Fashir, capital of the troubled north Darfur State, for distribution to war-affected persons in Dar Zaghaw, the national news agency (SUNA) reported Friday.
   According to SUNA, the dispatch of relief supplies to the desperate population was envisaged under the recent humanitarian cease-fire agreement signed by the Khartoum government and two rebel groups in N'djamena, the Chadian capital.
   The government and the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement and Justice and Equality Movement signed a renewable 45-day cease- fire to enable humanitarian agencies to assist more than 700,000 people displaced by fighting in western Sudan.
At least 110,000 refugees have reportedly fled into Chad.
   They acting Wali (governor) of North Darfur State Ibrahim Abdalla and members of the government of the state and representatives of Humanitarian Aid Commission and voluntary organisations witnessed the departure of the trucks, SUNA said.
   Speaking during the occasion, North Darfur state's social and cultural affairs minister Al-Nur Mohammed Ibrahim affirmed the government's keenness to provide aid to all the affected citizens.
   Ibrahim thanked national organisations that contributed the relief materials.
The two rebel groups launched a revolt in remote Darfur region early last year, accusing Khartoum of neglecting the poor area and arming Arab militias to loot and burn African villages.
The government denies the charges.
The two parties are continuing discussions on the political aspects of the conflict.

23 april 2004 20:00:00

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