26 January 2009
Secretary-General
SG/SM/12065
AFR/1801

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

SECRETARY-GENERAL STRONGLY CONDEMNS HOSTILITIES IN NORTH DARFUR,

 

SAYS CONTINUED MILITARY ACTIONS JEOPARDIZING POLITICAL PROCESS


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General strongly condemns the hostilities which have taken place today between a rebel movement and the Sudanese Armed Forces on the outskirts of El Fasher in North Darfur.  This follows clashes earlier this month in South Darfur involving the Sudanese Armed Forces, the Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minawi (SLA/MM).


The Secretary-General deplores these continued military actions which continue to put civilian lives at risk and to jeopardize the political process.  The Secretary-General calls on all parties to immediately cease ongoing hostilities and to abide by their obligations under international law.


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