Troika threatens sanctions if warring parties fail to end conflict in Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A coalition of western countries, known as the Troika, has threatened to impose sanctions on warring parties in Darfur region of Sudan, if they fail to stop fighting and end suffering of civilians there.

“There can be no military solution to the conflict in Darfur and the international community should consider imposing sanctions against those who continue to act as spoilers," the Troika - United States, UK and Norway - said in a joint statement

The three Western states have called on government and rebels in Darfur to cease ongoing clashes in Jebel Mara areas that have resulted the death and displacement of huge number of civilians.

The Troika condemned the ongoing clashes between the Sudan Liberation Army-Abdul Wahid (SLA-AW) and Government of Sudan forces as well as inter-tribal violence in the Jebel Mara region of Darfur.

“The civilian population continues to bear the brunt of this unnecessary violence, which has led to the burning down of villages, causing high numbers of civilian injury and death, and the displacement of nearly 9,000 people.”

The release received by PANA on Wednesday said it was “unacceptable” that the Government of Sudan had repeatedly prevented the African Union/United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and humanitarian actors from accessing the areas of conflict and displaced populations.

“The Troika strongly urges the Government of Sudan to immediately provide unfettered access to both UNAMID and humanitarian actors."

It charged that the SLA-AW leadership’s refusal to engage with the peace process obstructs the achievement of sustainable peace in Darfur and “unnecessarily prolongs civilian suffering”.

The statement said that the Government’s military operations and inaction in stopping the violence undermine efforts to achieve a peaceful solution to the conflict.

It warned: ”There can be no military solution to the conflict in Darfur and the international community should consider imposing sanctions against those who continue to act as spoilers."

The Troika called on all parties to the conflict to meaningfully engage with the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP)-led peace process in order to reach a permanent ceasefire.
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20 juin 2018 09:59:28




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