New York

22 September 2009

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on renewed military action in Darfur by the Government of Sudan

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by reports of recent clashes between the Government of Sudan and rebel forces and the resultant loss of civilian lives and properties in the area of Korma, North Darfur.

The Secretary-General calls on all parties to use restraint, renew their commitment to an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, and redouble their efforts to reach a political settlement of the conflict in Darfur.

The Secretary-General also reiterates the importance of ensuring a safe and free passage for United Nations and humanitarian personnel to assess the situation on the ground and provide life-saving assistance to those in need.