SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS DEVASTATING CONFLICT IN
, MUST STOP; DARFUR, SUDAN
CALLS FOR EFFECTIVE HUMANITARIAN CEASEFIRE
Following is the statement of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, distributed at the ceasefire talks on
, in N'Djamena, Darfur, Sudan , on 31 March: Chad
I am very disturbed by events in
Darfurwhere the continuing conflict is having a devastating impact on the lives and well-being of the people. Civilian casualties and serious human rights violations are routinely reported. This is unacceptable and must stop.
I welcome the efforts of President Idriss Derby, the Government of the
, parties to the conflict and the international community to achieve a cessation of hostilities and, ultimately, a long-term solution to the causes of the conflict. First, the fighting must stop, and to this end I strongly encourage all parties to work intensively towards declaring an effective humanitarian ceasefire. Humanitarian organizations and staff must also receive safe and unimpeded access to all those in need. Sudan
The United Nations remains ready to assist in the search for solutions in any manner the parties consider useful.
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