UN: UN official warns Security Council on Darfur's ongoing insecurity, violence

New York, US (PANA) - UN Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Herve Ladsous on Thursday said the situation in Sudan's Darfur region remains precarious, with intermittent clashes, inter-communal violence and a dire humanitarian crisis.

Mr. Ladsous, who delivered a sobering assessment of the region’s security and stability to the UN Security Council in New York, described a tenuous scenario in Darfur with ramped-up hostilities between government forces and armed movements, as well as "deadly" inter-communal conflicts and increase in criminality and banditry.

All this, he said, has had a significant impact on civilians across the region’s five states and has hampered the effort of the UN/AU Mission in Darfur’s (UNAMID) to keep the peace.

"This insecurity as well as the persistent restrictions imposed by government forces, armed
movements and militia groups continued to challenge the ability of UNAMID to implement its mandate, particularly as regards the protection of civilians, as well as posing a threat to the safety and security of United Nations and humanitarian personnel," he said.

PANA reported that the Mr. Ladsous' remarks accompanied a report issued to the 15-member Council which provides a bleak outlook regarding the on-the-ground situation.

The report details a total of 55 recorded cases of violence and attacks against civilians, with 16 of them allegedly perpetrated by Arab militias, 23 by government forces, and another 16 by unknown armed elements.

"The reporting period continued to highlight deep concerns relating to the lack of direct access to vulnerable populations in need of protections, and free and unhindered access to communities in need remains a critical concern for UNAMID’s ability to effectively implement its mandate.

Mr. Ladsous’ remarks came amid allegations of a mass rape of 200 women in Tabit, located in North Darfur. UNAMID recently declared it had initiated an investigation in the area but said its team had found no evidence confirming the claims and received no information regarding the purported acts.
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04 december 2014 20:28:21

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