UNAMID expresses concern over latest Darfur clashes

New York, US (PANA)   -  The UN/AU Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has expressed concern over the ongoing clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces and rebel movements in Darfur region.

In a statement made available to PANA in New York on Saturday, the mission called on all parties to cease hostilities, saying "the
recent violence is worrisome".

It said there was the need "to cease hostilies, which not only endanger the lives of innocent civilians, but also further jeopardize the
peace process".

UNAMID also urged both government forces and rebel movements to ensure safe access for humanitarian groups to displaced persons in Khor Abeche, Shangil Tobaya and Shaeria, where thousands have fled to the mission's team sites after fighting last week.

The recently reported clashes occurred in Dar al-Salaam, North Darfur, about 60 kilometres south of El Fasher, where the
mission is headquartered.

In a statement issued earlier this week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his concern over the recent clashes in
Darfur.

Ban expressed support for the work of UNAMID, UN agencies and non-governmental personnel in areas of South Darfur and
North Darfur affected by the latest violence, noting that they are working tirelessly to protect civilians under difficult conditions.

He also appealed to rebel groups to rejoin the peace process aimed at ending the conflict, and urged the government to
exercise restraint and to ensure the protection of civilians.
-0- PANA  AA/MA 25Decer2010

25 december 2010 16:50:56




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