UN relief chief begins tour of Darfur refugee camps

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The United Nations top relief chief, John Holmes, has kicked off a two-day visit to Darfur at Kalma camp, Darfur's largest intern a lly displaced camp, housing close to 88,000 people, a target of the spiraling co n flict in the region.
Holmes, the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs, met with refugees in the Darfurian camp, which has witnessed some of the region's w o rst fighting, where he received complaints from the IDPs on the appalling living conditions there.
The UN relief chief urged the Darfurian population to support peace efforts in t he region and explained the reasons behind a recent food ration cuts, which he b l amed on the worsening security in the region, a UN statement received here, said .
Holmes, who arrived in Darfur on a two-day visit Wednesday, listened to complain ts from community leaders and also met with the top members of the United Nation s /African Union Peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) in the region.
Kalma Camp, where Sudanese forces launched an offensive, which killed some 35 pe ople in August this year, continues to witness isolated cases of violence.
Sudanese forces said they launched an attack on the camp because rebels were usi ng it as a base to plan attacks against its troops.
The AU-UN Joint Representative Rodolphe Adada, who conducted the UN emergency re lief chief on a tour of the region, gave an account of efforts to bring stabilit y to the region, which he said, needed the coordination between the security and r elief workers.
Adada vowed to ensure continued protection to the internally displaced populatio n in the region.
However, Holmes, who received complaints from the locals, asked the IDPs to appr eciate the difficulties the UN was facing in restoring security and urged the ID P s to return.
This, he said, can only be done if the political negotiations succeeded.

26 november 2008 17:25:00

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