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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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New York, 1 December 2010 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the incident in Zalingei, West Darfur

On 1 December, during a visit to Zalingei, West Darfur, by the Joint Chief Mediator Djibril Bassolé and Qatar's State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud, protestors clashed with Government security forces at the University of Zalingei resulting in at least one death and several wounded.

The Secretary-General deeply regrets the loss of life and calls for a full investigation to ascertain the facts pertaining to the incident.

The Secretary-General would like to emphasise that the parties to the conflict and all Darfurians must be able to express their views freely and openly in Darfur.

The Secretary-General calls on the Government and all armed movements to fully engage in the Doha negotiations and to demonstrate their willingness to make real compromises in order to address the concerns of the Darfur population who have waited too long for peace.

Statements on 1 December 2010