UN: UN, AU chiefs condemn deadly violence at IDP camp in North Darfur

New York, US (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission,
Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on
Thursday jointly condemn Monday’s attacks by armed groups on an internally
displaced persons (IDP) camp and the shooting at a nearby market in Sortoni,
North Darfur, Sudan.

A UN statement made available to PANA in New York, stated: "The attacks
resulted in the killing of five people, including two children and the wounding
of several individuals, including a peacekeeper from Ethiopia serving with the
UN-AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)."

Ban and Dlamini-Zuma expressed their serious concern over the recent
escalation of tensions between nomadic and IDP communities in the area,
and called on them to refrain from acts of violence and resolve their disputes
through dialogue.

They also urged the Sudanese authorities to investigate and promptly bring
the perpetrators of these attacks to justice.

They stressed that the continued implementation of UNAMID's mandate is
imperative to maintain security and protect civilians across Darfur, including
those displaced as a result of the most recent fighting in Jebel Marra between
the Sudanese government and the Sudan Liberation Army/Abdul Wahid.

The UN and AU chiefs also urged all conflict parties to resume negotiations
without further delay, under the auspices of the AU High Level Implementation
Panel for Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP), with a view to achieving a
comprehensive political solution that addresses the root causes of the
conflict.
-0-  PANA  AA 12May2016

12 may 2016 21:06:38




xhtml CSS