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UN renews request to access Sudan’s war zones

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January 9, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The United Nations (UN) has once again asked the Sudanese government to grant international aid groups access to rebel controlled areas in the country’s war hit states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

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U.N. Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos (R) speaks during a joint news conference with Sudanese Social Welfare Minister Amira al-Fadel Mohamed (L) in Khartoum January 4, 2012. (Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Sudan already rejected the same request last week, saying that it welcomes support from the UN but will not allow foreign workers to conduct the delivery of aid, according to the country’s Social Welfare minister Amira al-Fadel Mohamed.

The Sudanese minister made her statement following a meeting with the UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos, on Wednesday. She stressed that her country would only allow local citizens to deliver aid.

But the UN’s top humanitarian official on Monday appealed again to the Sudanese authorities to allow international agencies to access areas controlled by the rebel group Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in the two states.

According to Amos, food insecurity and malnutrition have reached "alarming" levels in areas controlled by the SPLM-N in the two states.

But this time it appears that the UN’s renewed request will at least be taken into consideration.

While inaugurating a workshop on Monday about humanitarian response, Sudan’s humanitarian commissioner, Suliman Abdul Rahman, said that the government had asked the UN official to present a written proposal on how humanitarian aid would be delivered to the affected population in rebel controlled areas.

The Sudanese official added that the government would then study the proposal and respond to it.

Khartoum has refused to allow aid agencies into rebels-controlled areas since its army started fighting SPLM-N rebels in South Kordofan in June 2011 and in Blue Nile in September 2011.

The conflict in the two states has displaced approximately 417,000 people, more than 80,000 of them to neighbouring South Sudan, according to UN figures.

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  • 10 January 2012 08:12, by Madina Tonj

    United Nation and International community

    What is behind about Sudan case.? There was no permission ask to Old Libyan government when the late Muammar al Gaddafi was about to attacked civilians and immediately action was been taken. Why not taking action to Khartoum government who committed too many crimes and war crime against humanity. Dose U.N don’t see video the Khartoum made killing innocent

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    • 10 January 2012 09:17, by athor deng

      Madina.. Sudan has nothing and UN will never intervene.. come on,, the Libyan conflict was just part of the overall scheme laid out by western bankers, to prevent Libya from forming a new financial system, They were about to leave the international banking system and demand payment for oil in gold backed Dinars,, that is the only reason for the war..cont

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      • 10 January 2012 09:20, by athor deng

        Tunisia and Egypt were going to follow Libya and that would have caused the rest of Opec to follow and all of Africa,, and it would mean the end of western civilization, as we know it, the dominant force in the world (USA).. I guess they had to do it, and its messed up and please understand the truth and don’t believe the propaganda..

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    My narrow-brained country mate Amira, continue rejecting since we, in the Nuba Mountains believe not in anything that’s given unto us, but what we worked for using our energy. I know the government’s rejection is a strategy so that our civilians are pulled into your scanty, stinky,minus-water towns, but that will never work out this round.Make early preparation as we’re coming to nudge you soon.

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