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UN humanitarian body asks Security Council to "urgently" secure access to S. Kordofan & Blue Nile


December 8, 2013 (LONDON) - The main humanitarian arm of the United Nations appealed to the world body’s powerful Security Council for help Tuesday in securing access to two conflict areas in the south of Sudan, where rebels have been fighting the government since 2011.

Informal comments to the media by Mr. John Ging Director of Operations for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on the humanitarian situation in Sudan and South Sudan.

It is eight months since UN Security Council resolution 2046 called on the Sudanese government and the SPLM-North rebels to negotiate humanitarian access and find a political solution to the conflict that erupted after a disputed election in South Kordofan and the failure to implement the elements of a 2005 peace deal related to the "Two Areas" before South Sudan’s independence.

In February last year a tripartite process involving the UN, African Union and Arab League to propose ways of providing assistance to rebel-held areas was launched but has failed to secure any access to humanitarian organisations. Both sides blame the other for the failure to operationalise a three-month window to allow aid into the SPLM-N controlled areas of the conflict zone, which expired in December.

OCHA’s Director of Operations, John Ging, said Tuesday he was "distressed by the humanitarian plight of the people in South Kordofan and Blue Nile State."

After delivering a statement by Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos to the Security Council, Ging told the press in New York that he had asked for help reaching the people who remain in the Two Areas.

Over 200,000 people have fled into South Sudan and Ethiopia and due to the lack of access, humanitarian agencies have had to rely mainly on testimony from these refugees to gain picture of the situation.

The emaciated and malnourished state of some refugees when they manage to cross the border also indicates that there is severe hunger in Blue Nile and South Kordofan, Ging said, but the extent of this has not been verified by international humanitarian organizations.

“We hear incredibly alarming stories of people having to rely on roots and leaves. This is 2013, and to think that hundreds of thousands of people are living in such desperate and deplorable circumstances, and we can’t get in to help them as humanitarian organizations is just not acceptable”, Ging said.

So far negotiations between the government and SPLM-N to allow humanitarian access the Two Areas had achieved "zero", he said.

He blamed "a deficit of political will on both sides to do what is necessary to actually give the access that we need to help the people where they so urgently and desperately need our help.”

The OCHA official said that thousands of tonnes of food, medicines and vaccines, were standing by waiting to be taken into the two areas as soon as humanitarian organisations are granted access.

“We have conveyed the bleakness… and the urgency of the situation, and hope now for the support of the Security Council in generating political incentive, motivation and impetus that will get us across the line from just rhetoric to action.”

The UN Security Council has "understood" his message that “We need now access, and we need it urgently and desperately", he said.

While Ging did not attribute blame to one side more than the other, the United States’ Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, a consistent critic of Khartoum, said there was "blame on both sides, but the preponderance is and has been on the government in Khartoum".

This was rejected by Sudan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, who said that the SPLM-N were to blame for the deteriorating situation and the failure to agree on the modalities to allow humanitarian access. He accused the SPLM-N of escalating their attacks outside of the areas under their control by attacking the state capital, Kadugli.

Informal comments to the media by H.E. Mr. Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the United Nations on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan.

The SPLM-N, however, say that they are merely responding to the Sudanese government’s aerial bombardment of rebel controlled areas, claiming that nearly 1,000 bombs were dropped between June and December last year.

Ambassador Rice said the US was "deeply concerned about the ongoing aerial bombardments by the Sudanese Armed Forces, including in civilian areas. The Security Council must work collectively now to press for immediate and unfettered humanitarian access—something for which the United States has been working for many months—particularly in the Two Areas, where the humanitarian emergency has been acute for well over a year."

She urged the "the two parties to conduct urgent talks on humanitarian access, a ceasefire, and a political resolution of their conflict" based on the August 2011 framework agreement, which was rejected by Khartoum.

Rice called added"for there to be the kind of access that’s necessary to support the people of the Two Areas, there has to be full access granted by the Government of Sudan and, indeed, by the SPLM-North and a halt to the aerial bombardments, which are causing grave risk to civilians and lots of casualties, as well as to other attacks by the SPLM-North on civilian areas."

Sudan accuses neighbouring South Sudan of supporting the SPLM-N rebels. The SPLM-N was established ahead of South Sudan’s independence from the members of the SPLM - the former southern rebels who have governed South Sudan since a 2005 peace deal - from South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

At bilateral Sudan-South Sudan talks between in Addis Ababa on Saturday South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir repeated his country’s assertion that they have cut off all military ties with SPLM-N and don’t allow them to use his country as a base and resupply route.

Juba’s offer to mediate between Khartoum and the SPLM-N has been rejected outright by the Sudanese government.

Ambassador Rice said that the SPLM-N and Khartoum were obliged, under UN Security Council resolution 2046, "to resolve not only the humanitarian situation but work towards a cessation of violence as well as a lasting political solution to what is an internal issue inside of Sudan but, obviously, that has involved at different times the army and the government of the South".


Informal comments to the media by H.E. Susan Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan.

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  • 9 January 2013 13:42, by Makunon

    Who in this World can starved its pple to death rather than Bashir. am scared ever time reports about worse humanitarian crises and those living on roots and leaves are black pple, Why did god subjected black pple on suffering at all times. God bless all black in the World.

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  • 9 January 2013 14:03, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    North Sudanese NCP can’t listen 2 rhetorics of all world bodies such as UNSC. Use NATO 2 get ride of NCP in power period. Why beg a genocidal regime whose thirst is in human blood in all corners of de country! I am tired of all talks about South Kordofan, Blue Nile & South Sudan being under mercy of NCP Khartoum. What aren’t "big crimes" z ve not been committed in Sudan than z in countries as Liby

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    • 9 January 2013 14:33, by Robot

      Annoyingly this Daffa AL-Haj pockets while talking and opening his filthy mouth that "until the SPLM come to their senses and disengage from the SPLM/N then there is no political will"... WHY STAMMER MR. DAFFA IF YOU ARE TELLING TRUTH TO THE WHOLE WORLD???. something is wrong somewhere.

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  • 9 January 2013 17:55, by william mawien

    The government of south sudan has nothing to do with splm north ;???;;;;;;;the end of national criminal party is near
    natoinal gay party
    nation cripple party???????hahahahaha 8-)

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    • 9 January 2013 19:05, by Peacocktail

      Blame UNSC for demanding and declaring Chapter 2046 without Follow up. Whom did the put the responsibility to monitor the Implementation of Tarrife Agreement for delivery of AID to Children and WOmen dying on daily from Bombing and hunger.I see the most concern Person is Amb.Susan Rice, becoz She know the pain suffering the Population in SK and BN state goes.Authorize NATO to Escort the delivery o

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      • 9 January 2013 19:14, by Peacocktail

        If the World body call UNSC wanted all Nubians and people of Blue nile to die all, that they most useless and and can dies urgely in this manner,then it is a big CURSE for our time. We fail to act and watch at this arrogance regime to kill it own people, made them refugees for useless power.why Keep Bashir in Power, AMB Rice push for Bashir departure, he lost legitimacy,and must GO now.save SUDAN

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        • 9 January 2013 19:29, by Peacocktail

          Even South Sudan and North Agreement shall go like wind, this un predictable regime who lost the trust and honoring any deals must be told to improve and do not compromise and any suffering of Sudan in the name of being Rebels.I hope Bashir always eat and why he don not compare himself with suffering sudanese. what shall he gain if all die while in power. He shall die one day and must be burned

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  • 10 January 2013 01:34, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Humantrain assistance and the political hunger constitution,will enhances humantrain aid components to put their spirituall support into these intrinic suffering our people had gone throught since,1983 and now 2013.How many years this suffering will continue?And who will avert their support,from the people of Blue Nile and the South Kordufan (Nubian Mountain)May God help you brother,Don’t lose hop

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