Annan disturbed by reports of Sudan´s deadly bombing raid on village in Darfur (UN-UNITED NATIONS) 01/28/05)
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28 January 2005 – United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said
today he was deeply disturbed by reports that Sudanese Government
airplanes have bombed a village in the north of the war-scarred
Darfur region, killing or injuring as many as 100 people.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Annan described the
attack as "the latest in a series of grave ceasefire violations that
have resulted in a large number of civilian casualties, the
displacement of thousands of people, and severe access restrictions
for relief workers."
Monitors from the African Union (AU) reported that the Sudanese air
force bombed the village of Rahad Kabolong, near the town of Shangil
Tobaya in North Darfur state, on Wednesday. UN humanitarian agencies
have declared the location around Rahad Kabolong to be a "no-go" area
for their staff until further notice.
Mr. Annan urged both the Government in Khartoum and the rebel
movements in Darfur, which took up arms against the Sudanese
Government in early 2003, to comply fully with their commitments
under the ceasefire agreement they struck last year.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 1.8
million others forced from their homes because of the conflict in
Darfur, an impoverished and isolated region the size of France on
Sudan´s western flank.
Meanwhile, Jan Pronk, Mr. Annan´s Special Representative for Sudan,
has wrapped up a brief visit to Darfur, where he met AU officials,
local community representatives, aid workers and internally displaced
SECRETARY-GENERAL ‘DEEPLY DISTURBED’ BY ATTACK ON DARFUR VILLAGE,
CALLS ON PARTIES TO COMPLY FULLY WITH CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for
Secretary-General Kofi Annan:
The Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by an attack near the town
of Shangil Tobaya in the Darfur region of the Sudan. According to
monitors of the African Union, government aircraft bombed the area on
Wednesday. This is the latest in a series of grave ceasefire
violations that have resulted in a large number of civilian
casualties, the displacement of thousands of people, and severe
access restrictions for relief workers. The Secretary-General calls
on the Government of the Sudan and the rebel movements in Darfur
immediately to comply fully with their commitments under the
ceasefire agreement and all relevant Security Council resolutions.
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