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NEWS & VIEWS
PRESS RELEASE
ON THE VIOLATIONON OF CEASE-FIRE BY THE DARFUR REBEL ORGANIZATIONS


United Nations, France, United Kingdom, United States of America, Germany and Nigeria offered their condolences to the Government of the Republic of the Sudan on the policemen and civilian victims in violation of the two Rebel Movements to the Agreements with the Government of Sudan, and held them responsible for the grave events in Darfur.


The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN in Sudan, Mr. Ian Pronk, expressed his deep condolences to the Government of the Sudan at the loss of life of a number of policemen and civilians in violation of the two rebel movements in Darfur to the agreements signed with the government of the Sudan. And in his capacity as Co-Chairman of the Mechanism for implementation of the Agreement between the United Nations and the Government of the Sudan, Mr. Ian Pronk briefed the Tenth Meeting of the Mechanism held on 24.11.04 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sudan on what he did in this regard.

Also the statement issued by his office on 23.11.04 expressed the deep concern of the UN over the escalation of violence in Darfur and the occupation of Sudan Liberation Movement to Towila Town in clear violation of Abuja Protocol on Security and which put the life of thousands of citizens at stake. Mr. Pronk also condemned with strong words the killing of tens of policemen and civilians at Kalma Camp, and urged both sides of the conflict to exercise restraint.

On their part, the Ambassadors of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, United States of America, Egypt and Nigeria offered their condolences to the Government of Sudan on the loss of lives of over thirty policemen and a number of citizens. The Ambassadors also held the so-called Sudan Liberation Movement fully responsible for that. And the Ambassador of France further pointed out the statement issued in this context by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France and in which it condemned the violence and violations made by the Sudan Liberation Movement and requested it to adhere to its commitments in Abuja Security Protocol.

On the other hand, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, Co-Chairman of the Mechanism for Implementation of the Agreement between the UN and Sudan, made a detailed statement on violations of the two rebel movements to the cease-fire, security and explained the desire and aims of the two rebel movements for the escalation of violence thinking that with those designs they will deceive the international community. The Minister stressed the policy of the government towards Darfur and its keenness to a peaceful solution to this issue. He also reiterated the commitment of the Government to the Protocols signed in Abuja and Ndjamena Agreements and its obligation to safeguard the civilians. He underlined the Sudan government's full co-operation with the African Union Commission on cease-fire monitoring group.



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