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Sudan says foreigners and diplomats travel to Darfur under humanitarian cover

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June 16, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan complained on Saturday that some foreigners and diplomats travel to the nine year long conflict area of Darfur under the cover of humanitarian activities.

The announcement was made through the official news agency SUNA after a meeting between Sudan’s social affairs minister Amira Al-Fadil and European Union Special Representative for Sudan, Rosalind Marsden.

Suleiman Abdel Rahman, Sudan’s Humanitarian Commissioner, stated that the meeting discussed emergency humanitarian assistance in Darfur, the eastern Sudan situation and the tripartite proposal over humanitarian aid to South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The EU humanitarian department (ECHO) which is one of the main aid donors to Sudan allocated €110 million this year for Sudan and Chad, mainly to support vulnerable Sudanese affected by Darfur conflict.

Suleiman said that ministry welcomed the EU humanitarian assistance to Sudan underscoring that his government continues to authorise emergency aid to the civilians in need in Darfur.

He further pointed out that some foreigners and ambassadors travel to Darfur under the cover of emergency humanitarian assistance while they are not concerned with aid activities.

The official did not elaborate on this issue but Khartoum remains highly sensitive over issues related to the humanitarian situation in the restive region because since the signing of Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (SSPD) it puts the closure of internally displaced people (IDP’s) camps at the top of its priorities.

However recent reports from the region say residents of Darfur camps complain about the lack of humanitarian aid, warning that the situation might worsen with the rainy season.

Suleiman further praised ECHO’s continued support to the successful humanitarian projects in eastern Sudan.

Meanwhile, he underlined that some humanitarian projects failed and have become futile with weak return. He added the aid groups working on these projects need new funding and to review their activities before the end of June 2012.

He further added the failed projects are mainly small agricultural projects or health centres with limited effect as their funding have ceased and they have become unjustified.

The announcement insinuates that Sudan gave the seven suspended humanitarian groups a new delay to resolve the problems they encounter in their activities there.

However no statement has been made by the former British ambassador to Sudan and EU special envoy after the meeting on this regard.

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  • 17 June 2012 14:26, by Reuben

    So what you need help.Because they know that when they reveal their status you will not accept them in and you are dying.This country is obsessed with nonesense.

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  • 17 June 2012 14:58, by zulu

    Of course thieves and murderers hide their activities from people. the propaganda that Darfur was peaceful and rehabilitated is false that is why it needs to be verified otherwise, we are losing our African brothers and sisters. Your are tempering with evidence to convict you in the Hague as we need more witnesses to come forward.

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    • 17 June 2012 15:06, by zulu

      What do you expect when you silence the media. You even confiscated many of your own news papers for printing our facts. You don’t appreciated the presence of independent reporting even from your own people; What kind of regime is this? Your time is coming to an end this year as long as South Sudan keeps the oil permanently shut down, we will see a lot of moves next month to remove you out of powe

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