New York

03 January 2020

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on violence in El Geneina, Sudan

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General condemns the violent intercommunal clashes that have taken place around El Geneina, in West Darfur, Sudan. He stresses the importance of finding peaceful and durable solutions to the situation in Darfur that address the key drivers of conflict in that region. In that regard, he reaffirms his strong support to the ongoing negotiations in the framework of the Sudanese peace process.
The Secretary-General calls on the authorities swiftly to investigate these incidents and to hold the perpetrators accountable. He also urges them to redouble their efforts to provide a secure environment for the populations of Darfur, in particular the most vulnerable.
The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to accompany the Government and the people of Sudan during the transition.