6 July 2011
Secretary-General
SG/SM/13690
AFR/2205

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

Secretary-General Disappointed That Sudan Parties Have No Agreement Yet

 

on Cessation of Hostilities in Southern Kordofan

 


The following statement was issued on 5 July by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General expresses his disappointment that the parties to the conflict in Southern Kordofan State, Sudan, have not yet agreed to a cessation of hostilities and deplores the grave humanitarian impact of continued fighting, particularly in light of the end of the UNMIS [United Nations Mission in the Sudan] mandate on 9 July.


The Secretary-General calls on the parties to immediately cease hostilities, ensure the protection of civilians and provide all support necessary for the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need.  The Secretary-General calls on the parties to resolve the underlying issues to the conflict through political dialogue, as agreed under the Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (North) on 28 June 2011.


The Secretary-General offers the continued support of the United Nations to the Government of Sudan and all stakeholders towards resolving the conflict, implementing a ceasefire, and facilitating the provision of humanitarian assistance to those in need.


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