2 January 2008
Secretary-General
SG/SM/11355
AFR/1640

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

SECRETARY-GENERAL DEEPLY CONCERNED BY RESUMED HOSTILITIES IN WEST DARFUR;


URGES RESTRAINT, HALT TO MILITARY ACTION

 


The following statement was issued on 31 December 2007 by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General is deeply concerned with the resumption of hostilities between the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Government forces in West Darfur. †He strongly condemns the attack on 29 December 2007 by JEM on Government positions in Silea, north of El Geneina, as well as JEMís publicly stated intention to use force to address its concerns in Darfur.


The Secretary-General is also deeply concerned with the Governmentís decision to arrest the JEM representative to the Ceasefire Commission and five other JEM members of the Commission on 30 December in El Fasher. †The arrest took place on AMIS (African Union Mission in the Sudan) premises.


The Secretary-General strongly urges all parties to show restraint and cease all military action in order to create a positive atmosphere for political negotiations leading to a definitive and inclusive peace agreement.


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