Home | News    Tuesday 1 April 2014

EU MPs express concern over deteriorating situation in Darfur

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

March 31, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – A pair of visiting European Union parliamentarians expressed concern over the growing unrest in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, saying it could escalate further if not contained.

In a press release issued by the EU office in Khartoum, the two members of the European Parliament’s development committee "warned of the consequences of a deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Darfur if is not contained through peaceful ways".

The EU MPs also took note of the president Omer Hassan al-Bashir’s national dialogue initiative announced earlier this year, saying that "peace, national dialogue and reconciliation are key to Sudan’s stability".

"They called on all the relevant parties and forces to step up efforts for an inclusive national dialogue in an enabling environment to achieve a peaceful and democratic transition in Sudan. In particular the voices of the civil society can add to a meaningful dialogue about the country’s future," the statement said.

"The visiting delegation noted with concern the obstacles faced by the international organisations and civil society in Sudan regarding humanitarian access, including suspension of activities, and expressed the desire that these can be overcome in the near future".

The two parliamentarians called on Sudanese authorities "to honour the promise of political freedoms and strengthen the respect for human rights and media freedoms".

During their three-day visit, the delegation met with Sudanese lawmakers and other officials, as well as human rights activists, representatives of local NGOs and international humanitarian, development and financial agencies in Sudan.

On Sunday, the EU ambassador to Sudan, Tomas Ulicny, inaugurated the new EU-funded health services program in East Sudan.

Ulicny said that the €12.8 million program was made out of the "EU belief that strengthening health services and infrastructure are key to achieve peace dividends and is a fundamental and basic human right that all the people of the world should enjoy especially our brothers and sisters in East Sudan".

He noted that the EU provided €57 million so far for ongoing projects in East Sudan since 2011, plus additional €24.5 million in the process of approval for start in 2014.

In a related issue, Sudan’s chairman of the foreign relations subcommittee in the national assembly, Mohamed Youssef Abdullah, said after a meeting with Ulicny that the latter promised that the EU will allow the entry of Sudanese goods to the EU.

Unlike the United States, the EU does not impose sanctions on Sudan.

(ST)

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


World’s newest nation has unprecedented opportunity to end sexual violence in conflict 2014-10-17 21:34:44 By Zainab Hawa Bangura October 17, 2014 - As United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict, I completed my first trip to South Sudan last (...)

Celebrate the golden jubilee of the October 1964 Sudanese revolution 2014-10-17 21:34:32 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman October 17, 2014 - Despite the dearth and lack of what needs celebration and rejoice in the reign of the National Congress Party (NCP) regime led by the tyrant genocidal (...)

Sudan, Iran, the Obama Administration, and Khartoum’s political vision" 2014-10-16 09:05:01 More about what we learn from the leaked minutes of the August 31 meeting bringing together Khartoum's most senior military and security officials By Eric Reeves October 15, 2014 - The document (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Sudan Democracy First Group condemns wave of arbitrary arrests in Sudan 2014-09-25 05:17:35 Sudan Democracy First Group 25 September 2014 - In a desperate attempt to prevent a series of events commemorating the victims of the September 2013 protests, Sudan’s notorious National (...)

HRW calls on UN rights body to press Sudan to investigate murder of peaceful protesters 2014-09-24 21:24:09 Human Rights Watch One Year On, No Justice for Protester Deaths (Geneva, September 23, 2014) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should call on Sudan to account immediately for the death (...)

Hundreds walk for peace in South Sudan 2014-09-23 08:30:16 National Platform for Peace and Reconciliation (NPPR) PRESS RELEASE Juba, 21 September 2014 - Hundreds of people took to the streets of the South Sudan capital Jubato ‘Walk for Peace’and demand (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.