Home | News    Sunday 2 December 2007

South Darfur governor criticises UN relief chief over security

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

December 1, 2007 (NYALA, Sudan) — South Darfur’s governor criticised U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes on Saturday for saying security had worsened in the region, and said aid workers could enter any area they wanted.

JPEG - 6.6 kb
UN humanitarian chief John Holmes meets with South Darfur governor Ali Mahmoud, right, in Nyala, South Darfur, Dec. 1, 2007 (AP)

After a "frank" meeting, the two men agreed greater confidence needed to be built between the world’s largest aid operation and local authorities.

"We have the opposite view of the U.N. envoy," Governor Ali Mahmoud told reporters. "The security situation is peaceful.

"(Holmes) arrived yesterday from Khartoum and there’s no way he can know in one day about the security situation."

International experts estimate some 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million been driven from their homes in Darfur’s conflict which is entering its fifth year.

Non-governmental organisations (NGO) told Holmes of a series of serious incidents in the four months since a U.N. resolution was passed authorising 26,000 U.N.-AU peacekeepers to deploy to Darfur.

Five aid workers have been shot and wounded, 34 temporarily abducted or physically or sexually assaulted, three truck drivers contracted to transport aid killed and humanitarian compounds raided 18 times, the NGOS said in a statement seen by Reuters.

They told Holmes there were also 61 vehicle hijackings.

Mahmoud, appointed a few months ago, blamed the carjackings on United Nations officials.

"We have more than 3,000 cars in Nyala town — much more than the NGO cars but only their and U.N. cars are taken," he said. "The drivers which they appoint in these organisations are not professionals."

One worker for an international NGO was carjacked just outside Nyala, tied to a tree and beaten, aid sources said.

LIMITED ACCESS

A U.N. map showed about half of South Darfur had limited access for aid and large swathes were completely no-go.

Mahmoud said there were no security problems. "There is no problem about access. Anywhere the NGOs want to go and deliver food they can go," he said.

A U.N. official said the meeting was frank and the two men "agreed to disagree" on key issues like security, aid access and the expulsion last month of popular aid worker Wael Haj-Ibrahim.

Mahmoud said he would not allow Haj-Ibrahim back to South Darfur. "He should be expelled from the country," he said. Haj-Ibrahim is working in Khartoum.

Any aid worker exceeding their mandate would be expelled, he said. Eleven humanitarian workers have been expelled this year.

Holmes said one problem was the size of the aid operation of about 12,500 staff.

"There are also no doubt suspicions on both sides which don’t make things easier." He said he would be working on confidence-building in meetings with government officials.

Washington calls the violence in Darfur genocide. Khartoum rejects the term and puts the death toll at 9,000.

(Reuters)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


The influence of facetious leaders in South Sudan 2018-12-03 18:44:28 By Daniel Abushery Daniel It's like that old saying, "Everybody's talking about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it:" Public consultation is essential and healthy where there are (...)

Will Khartoum peace agreement bring reform or maintain tyranny? 2018-12-01 05:41:01 By Duop Chak Wuol Known for operating with a vicious precision, his trademark is ruthlessness, and how he manoeuvres his political rivals is irrefutably effective. Salva Kiir, the man in (...)

US-Sudanese relations: moths to the fire 2018-11-25 11:07:23 By Muhammad Osman & Magdi el Gizouli The rapprochement between Sudan and the U.S. progresses with the pace of an anxious flirtation. Less than two years since it began in 2015, that (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Progress observed at end of second month of R-ARCSS implementation 2018-10-22 06:44:02 Press Release 21 October 2018 South Sudanese government released 24 detainees in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement said the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (...)

4th Annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum Announced for 25th October 2018 2018-10-15 12:38:14 PRESS RELEASE OCTOBER 14, 2018 Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused philanthropic organisation, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), has announced October 25, 2018, as the date for its (...)

Unity State community in Kenya supports Khartoum peace agreement 2018-08-17 08:33:21 PRESS STATMENT 14th Aug, 2018 Re: We shall Rally behind Khartoum Peace Agreement The Unity State Community Association in Kenya was established in 2010 to organize and mobilize the people of (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.